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Great Expectations Charles Dickens:

Great Expectations Charles Dickens Ryan Lafler Honors English; Period: 7 “I think that in the endurance of her own trial, she forgot mine, Estella” -Chapter 44, Pip Speaking

Plot Overview of Great Expectations:

Plot Overview of Great Expectations The story begins in a dark and foggy setting within a graveyard, the main protagonist Philip Pirrip (Pip) is threatened by a mysterious man in the shadows Readers are introduced to Pip’s sister: Mrs. Joe Gargery who brought Pip up “by the hand” and the benevolent and caring Mr. Joe Gargery Pip spends time at Miss Havisham’s Manor playing card games with his romantic interest, Estella Miss Havisham describes both herself and her rotting manor that they have “worn away together” ( Chapter 11) Pip is destined to become a blacksmith (following Joe’s path) but after his time at the Manor of heartbroken Miss. Havisham, receives a letter for a paid tuition studying in London- thus, launching his Great Expectations by believing Havisham paid for him to be a gentleman and marry Estella Within London, Pip reunites with Herbert (a minor character at Havisham’s Manor) and introduces himself to Mr. Jaggers , Wemmick , and the Pockets 2

Plot Overview of Great Expectations (Continued):

Plot Overview of Great Expectations (Continued) Pip evolves during his education within London, and during a visit between him and his close friend and brother-in-law Joe, the diction and tone of language can be seen as educated against uneducated Estella is sent to France for her education (after being brainwashed to “break [men’s] hearts” by Miss Havisham) leaving Pip desperate for her Pip reunites with Estella in London, but Estella n urtures a relationship with Bentley Drummel (who later on in their relationship, abuses her) Mr. Jaggers reveals information to Pip that Miss Havisham did not pay for Pip’s tuition, and that it was Magwitch (the man in the foggy graveyard at the beginning of the story) who paid for it After learning this, Pip’s Great Expectations are crushed, since Miss Havisham never planned to have Pip marry Estella Miss Havisham wishes that she be forgiven by Pip for causing such anguish in his life since she taught Estella to “break hearts” after Havisham was left at the alter by Compeyson (Magwitch's main enemy) 3

How is Great Expectations a Bildungsroman?:

How is Great Expectations a Bildungsroman? Bildungsroman : A novel that follows the main character as he/she matures throughout the plot (coming of age novel) Great Expectations is a Bildungsroman because it follows the life of Pip from childhood to adulthood Pip matures throughout the story in that (theme-wise): He becomes academically educated He is quoted as loving Estella more and more Understands what suffering and ambition come to mean Dickens also demonstrates to Pip how one’s actions can affect the life of another person (either for the worse or better) A person’s imagined “Great Expectations” are sometimes not meant to happen in reality 4

Themes of great Expectations:

Themes of great Expectations Theme: Moving Up In Society Pip’s path towards education leads him to insult both Joe and his former tutor Biddy; Pip, following his “Great Expectations” also avoids visiting and seeing Joe since Pip is no longer part of the common crowd Theme: Living in the Past Exemplified by Miss. Havisham who is frozen in time at the exact moment Compeyson abandoned her at the alter; instead of growing with the Bildungsroman, she remains a secret antagonist to Pip until she begs him for forgiveness towards the end of the novel Theme: Generosity and Charity Exemplified by Magwitch when he donates his money to educating Pip in London; this generosity, however, created Pip’s Great Expectations and launched his developing life into suffering over Estella 5

Themes of great Expectations :

Themes of great Expectations Theme: Forgiveness Exemplified by Miss Havisham when she begs Pip to forgive her for brainwashing Estella all those years at the Satis House Pip accepts Miss Havisham’s forgiveness Joe accepts Pip’s forgiveness after Pip avoided him during his tuition period in London stage Theme: The Natural Kindness of Mankind Exemplified by author Charles Dickens in many ways including Magwitch repaying the favor to Pip by paying for his tuition Close friendship between Herbert and Pip in London Pip realizes at the end of the novel that kindness and loyalty to those around you are the best things in life 6

Tropes of great Expectations:

Tropes of great Expectations Symbolism of the fog in the story, the deeper meaning to the trouble it conveys Fog present in the graveyard and when Pip leaves for London (breaking his promise to visit Joe soon) The term “ Great Expectations ” It comes to represent a grand beginning, but in this novel, the truthful reality suppresses the dreams once held by Pip The biggest dream broken by the “Great Expectations” was marrying Estella Miss Havisham’s Manor House Referred to as the “ Enough House ” ( Satis House) and serves as imagery to show the decaying happiness and stability of Miss. Havisham as time progresses 7

Quotes on Tropes/Themes:

Quotes on Tropes/Themes “She stood looking at me, and of course I stood looking at her. ‘Am I pretty?’ ‘Yes; I think you are very pretty.’ ‘Am I insulting?’ ‘Not so much as you were last time,’ said I.” Chapter 11, Pages 112-113 Young Pip, narrating in first person voice, answers Estella’s questions. Her questions, which later on, readers understand why she asks this, vary from beauty to jealousy. These questions were probably influenced by Miss Havisham (who taught Estella to “break [men’s] hearts”). Keep in mind that this quote reveals how young Estella developed her character traits of emotionally damaging men as the story progresses 8

Quotes on Tropes/Themes:

Quotes on Tropes/Themes “Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then.” Chapter 44, Page 480 This quote exemplifies Pip’s passionate appeal to Estella about how much he loved her and how she came to mold herself into a significant part of his life Pip reveals to the readers that Estella was the centerpiece of his “Great Expectations” and that he followed them to impress and eventually marry her 9

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