Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


The book that we are studying is called Great Expectations by Charles Dickens written in 1939. We have been asked to explain how Charles Dickens creates effective character portraits and landscape descriptions in chapters 1-4 of the book. The title of the book (Great expectations) is one that I think the author meant us to think of it sarcastically. I think this because in the book the story is based in the misty marshes and Pip, his older sister and her husband live in quite a small house and was also working class. For this family, life seems pretty bleak with no escape to a better life seeming possible. That’s why I think the title is ...

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his money in life, which also happens to Charles Dickens in the book, so Charles Dickens was probably writing about what happened to his dad in the book. Therefore Charles Dickens had to get a job at a young age at a blacking factory to help his family. Whilst working in the blacking factory Charles Dickens had come up with the idea of the now well known book “Oliver Twist”. As he grew older he started to write novels about experiences that he had in life under the name of “Boz” which became popular. From these novels he gained enough money to buy a house in Rochester, from where he later moved to Kent. When in Kent he became familiar with the Marshes in all its isolation and dullness. This is mirrored into the book as exactly that, the dull, isolated marshes- not a very nice place to be. When he was in Kent he became apprenticed to a lawyer and then gained money as a reporter/author. This is also mirrored in the book as Pip becoming Jaggers’ apprentice. ...

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were isolated from the neighbourhood. There was usually a dark menacing stranger and a vulnerable hero or heroin, which would feel threatened. The book has some Gothic elements to it. In the first chapter it describes the graveyard as being a dark, lonely and run down place, which is often typical of gothic style. Another gothic element that the book Great expectation has is that there is a villain (Magwitch), and a vulnerable hero (Pip). There are also other novels at the time of when Charles Dickens was writing ’Great Expectations’ that he as a person might have read. These may have included ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker or ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. He would have used ...

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