Great Expectations Book Review

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, first published in 1860, is a vintage fictional novel. The novel doesn't really have a genre, possibly a drama or adventure, but it's similar to just his story so I'd say just a normal fictional novel. The story is set in 1812 to 1840 in an English town surrounded by marshes, Pip lived beyond your town, once getting his fortune he moved to London though.

The novel tells of Pip, a orphan, and his story, his life. Pip grew up by his sister, only known as Mrs. Joe, and her husband Joe. In the beginning of the novel Pip is a graveyard, where his parents are buried, and he is approached by the shady looking man, who is in fact an escaped convict, the convict asks Pip to bring him some tools so he can escape and Pip does this. This becomes very important in the novel.

One day Pip's uncle takes him to play at a rich, weird old lady's house, Miss Havisham, here Pip meets Estella, who he falls deeply in love with, though Estella only toys with Pips feelings and doesn't like him whatsoever.

Pip then becomes Joe's apprentice blacksmith, but Pip struggles as a blacksmith and isn't happy. Then one day a lawyer called Jaggers appears and announces to Pip that he has been left a huge fortune and must proceed to London immediately.

Pip moves to London, meets many new people and has some fun. The other night a convict breaks into Pips room, the same convict that Pip helped when he was just a little boy, and the convict, Magwitch reveals that he made a lot of money in Australia and he gave Pip his mysterious fortune.

Pip is shocked but decides that he'll help Magwitch escape from London, and they also escape. Pip begins to like Magwitch as they get to know one another and Pip discovers many things about his past. As Pip is going to help Magwitch escape London Pip is practically killed, Magwitch eventually does escape and kills somebody, he is sentenced to death and hence Pip loses his fortune.

Pip then goes and works abroad as a merchant, many years later he returns home and meets his childhood love, Estella, they get together, with Pip believing they'll be together forever.

Two main characters of Great Expectations are Pip and Estella.

Pip is the key character is the novel, he's also the narrator. In the very beginning of the novel Pip is a young child but as the book continues on he ages and can be an adult by the end. Pip is an excellent boy, he always tries to do what's right, and is quite sympathetic, e. g. helping Magwitch, always looking after Mr. & Mrs. Joe. Pip is usually looking to improve himself, whether it is understanding how to read and write as a boy, or learning to turn into a gentleman. He's of the low classes, until he receives his fortune, and he really wants to become an upper class, largely so he can impress the lady he admires, Estella.

Estella is an important character in the novel. As a woman she have been raised by Miss Havisham to be cruel and heartless towards men. When she meets Pip she acts cruel and heartlessly, toying along with his emotions. Though Pip still loves her, maybe he saw something inside her, or he just longed to be in the upper class. She then married an upper class man, who treated her badly, this would have changed her, gotten gone her coldness and cruelty. So when Pip returns she actually is kind, and they gather.

The themes in this novel include social class, aspiration, wealth and crime. I think that Charles Dickens in this novel was trying to state that social class doesn't matter, and that desire to be better and change should be congratulated.

The novel is defined in first person, with the narrator, Pip, also being the key character. The language used is pretty weird, with some old English sort of stuff within. Once you get accustomed to the language it's pretty good rather than that hard to follow.

Overall, I thought this novel was very good, for a vintage book. The language used was a bit hard to get at times, and sometimes the storyplot was a little slow, but overall I thought it had a good story and I liked it. Estella was a fascinating character I thought, normally girls are loving and the guy isn't really interested or too busy doing other things, but this time around Pip loved her and she was totally uninterested and cold. And the twist with Magwitch having supplied Pips fortune I thought was good as well.

7/10 on the scale of goodness.

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