Great Expectations

'In what may be Dickens 's best ovel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he keep himself in possession of " great expectations. " In this rivetin tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride
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Great Expectations
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Published 1998 by Oxford University Press (first published August 1861

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It just elt too long and I ind of saw the twist of who was Pip 's benefactor coming but at the same time I think the way stuf is told and developed is really good.

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Actually, I have two principled reasons for not liking many certified classics.

I first came across Charles Dickens ’ Great Expectations when it was assigned my freshman year of high school.

At thi time, I continued to ge ack and read all the tuff that was assigned in high school, that I ’ d either skimmed over or ignored completely.

Great Expectations was one of the first classics to which I returned.

In othe ways, Great Expectations is prototypical Dickens: it is big and sprawling; it is told in the las person by th narrator who often seems resoundingly dull; it is peopled with over-eccentric supporting characters with unlikely names; and its labyrinthine structure and unspooling digressions defy ordinary plot resolutions.

It also limps to an unsatisfactory ending ( one of two endings, actually, since Dickens couldn ’ t ake up his mind) that brings to mind the hastily reshot finale to the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn movie, The Break-Up. The central character, the irst person narratio, is an orphan ( surprise!) named Pip. He lives with his mean sister and saintly husband, Joe ( the simplest named of all Dickens ’ creations).

The small, unhappy family ( Pip ’ s ister is forever peeved at the burden of taking care of her olde brother) live in the marshes, vividly described by Dickens as a cold, creeping, lunar landscape, where prisoners rot in offshore prison hulks, and cannons boom to raise the drowned.

Subsequently, as I looked up at it, while it dripped, it fel to my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the Hulks.Pip ’ s conscience is oppressed because of his Christmastime meeting with an escaped convict named Magwitch.

Later, young Pip is taken to the home of wealthy old Miss Havisham, to play with her adopted aughter, Estella.

Gradually, Miss Havisham pays Joe for Pip ’ s services, and Pip returns to the marshes as a blacksmithing apprentice.

This begins the long period of insufferable Pip, who will constantly struggle to rise above his station, while simultaneously racking up debts and alienating the people who truly love him.

Pip does so, believing all the while that his benefactor is Miss Havisham.

( Though unlikeable at times, Pip is mostly dull.

Cruciall, Pip is better at dramatizing the people he meets than in understanding himself).

Though Great Expectations is not as long as David Copperfield or Bleak House, it sprawls enough to cause confusion.

I look like I have a hit-and-miss relationship with Dickens ’ work.

He ha a great moralizer and critic, and he used his novels as a canvas on which to make his points.

Great Expectations is no exception.

Against the backdrop, young Pip goes out into the world, abandons his family and faithful old Joe, makes horribly inaccurate judgments about people, and finally learns that there is no place like home.

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On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his grandparents and siblings.

ear or two later, Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster who still wears her old wedding dress and lives as a recluse in the dilapidated Satis House, asks Mr Pumblechook, a relation of the Gargery 's, to steal boy to visit her.

Pip visits Miss Havisham and falls in love with her adopted daughter Estella.

Pip visits Miss Havisham regularly, until he is old enough to learn a trade.Joe accompanies Pip for the last visit, when she make the money for Pip to be bound as apprentice blacksmith.

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چکیده داستان: « پیپ » هفت ساله، زندگی محقر و فروتنانه‌ ای را در کلبه‌ ای روستایی، با خواهری بدخلق و سختگیر، و شوهر خواهرش « جو گارگِری » ، آهنگری پرتوان اما مهربان، و نرم‌خو، می‌گذراند.

به این ترتیب، قهرمان نخست داستان، روستا و شوهر خواهر دوست‌ داشتنی خود را، ترک می‌کند، تا به آرزوهای بزرگ خویش، که یافتن تشخص، و لیاقت، برای دستیابی به « استلا » است، برسد.

« پیپ » که همیشه خانم « هاویشام » را، ولینعمت مرموز خود می‌پنداشته، در پایان، به این موضوع پی می‌برد، که ولینعمتش « مگویچ » ، همان زندانی فراری ست، که در کودکی یاریش داده بود.

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Things become interesting for Pip when is asked to be a play companion of Miss Havisham ’ s adopted daughter Estella.

She wants Pip to fall in love with her to provide a training ground for exactly how to eep a man in love with her and at the same time treat him with the proper amount of disdain.

As Pip becomes more ensnared in Estella ’ s beauty Miss Havisham is spurring him on.

Estella, the weapon of man ’ s destruction, walking with Pip.Pip is fully aware of the angers of falling in love with Estella, but it is virtually impossible to control the heart when it goe to beat faster.

Pip is not to know where these great expectations are coming from, but he assumes it is Miss Havisham as part of her demented plans for exacting revenge by using Estella to break his heart.

" You must understan, " said Estella, condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might, " that I have no heart, — if that has nothin to do with my memory. " ook is of course filled with Dickensonian descriptions of the bleaker side of Victorian society.

The whol of Great Expectations exists only in the lost dreams of Dickens.Pip is a willing victim; and so, not a victim because he fully realized that Miss Havisham was barking mad, and that Estella had been brainwashed into being a sword of vengeance.

He was unable to risk having his heart wrenched from his body and dashed into the sea for a chance that Estella would recognize that happiness could be obtained if she would only forsake her training.

Better late than never, but I stil have more than a nodding acquaintance with Miss Havisham, Pip, and the supporting cast.

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But, in spite of tha, Pip does learn the error of his ways and becomes a much better person, though not before hurting those that ave the most loyalty to him.

The corrupting power of money is strong through this novel The money Pip received clouds his vison completely.

Pip has falsely perceived that to be a gentleman one must have money, and ust have the social graces that comes with it.

Pip ’ s journey of morale regeneration is the keyIndeed, Pip wouldn ’ t have learnt a thing.

He marries the errors of his ways, and how shameful and condescending his behaviour has been to those that hold him most dear, namely Joe. You an eel the pain in his narration as he urges the last parts of his story; it becomes clear that Pip could never forgive himself for his folly.

It is ot the ending that Pip thought he ould get, but it is the ending this novel deserved.

Tormen is in equal measures Pip ’ s story though, ultimately, sad is not the most woe begotten of the character stories in this novella.

Abel Magwitch and Miss Havisham are two incredibly miserable individuals because life has really got them down.

For me, she is the most memorable, and well written, character in the ovel because her story transcends that of Pip ’ s.

Havisham uses Estella to break the hearts of men, like hers was once broken; Magwitch creates his “ own ” gentleman as a revenge to the world of gentleman that betrayed him.

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