Great Expectations

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, and spent the first nine years of his life living in Kent, a marshy region by the sea in the west of England. Dickens' father John was a kind and likable man, but he was incompetent with money and piled up tremendous debts throughout his life. When Dickens was nine, his family moved to London; when he was twelve, his father was arrested and taken to debtors' prison. Dickens' mother moved his seven brothers and sisters into prison with their father, but arranged for Charles to live alone outside the prison, working with other children at a nightmarish job in a blacking warehouse, pasting labels on bottles. The three months he spent apart from ...

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Dickens' early childhood are mirrored in , which, apart from David Copperfield, is his most autobiographical novel. Pip, the novel's protagonist, lives in the marsh country, works at a job he hates, considers himself too good for his surroundings, and experiences material success in London at a very early age. In addition, one of the novel's most appealing characters is a law clerk named Wemmick, and the law, justice, and the courts are all important components of the story.
is set in early Victorian England, a time when great social changes were sweeping the nation. The Industrial Revolution had transformed the social landscape, enabling capitalists and manufacturers to amass huge fortunes. Although social class was no longer entirely dependent on heredity, the divisions between rich and poor remained nearly as wide as ever. London, a teeming mass of humanity, lit by gas lamps at night and darkened by black clouds from smokestacks during the day, had become radically different from ...

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Jaggers' clerk and Pip's friend, Wemmick is one of the strangest characters in all of Great Expectations. At work, he is hard, cynical, sarcastic, and obsessed with "portable property"; at home in Walworth, he is jovial, wry, and a tender caretaker of his "Aged Parent."
Estella - Miss Havisham's beautiful young ward, Estella is Pip's unattainable dream throughout the novel. He loves her passionately, but though she sometimes seems to consider him a friend, she is usually cold, cruel, and disinterested in him. As they grow up together, she repeatedly warns him that she has no heart. Though she does not know it herself--and though Pip does not learn it until almost the end of ...

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