The Truth May Be Hidden In Reality, But Expressed In Fiction



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THESIS STATEMENT: Charles Dickens drew on personal experiences in Great Expectations.
I. Childhood

A. Both unloved by mothers
1. Dickensí mother died
2. Pipís mother died
B. Working Young
1. Dickensí started working at fifteen years old and became independent
2. Pip became an apprentice for Joe as a young teenager and became independent
C. Caretakers drift away
1. Dickensí father goes to prison
2. Pipís Aunt Joe gets delirious and then dies
D. Bad experiences with women
1. Dickensí relationships do not last long
2. Pipís love, Estella, does not like him and looks down on him

II. Adulthood

A. Fortune
1. Dickens becomes a successful writer
2. Pip becomes a gentleman and gets a ...

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It is evident that Charles Dickens drew on personal experiences in Great Expectations.
Pip and Dickens have numerous similarities beginning in their childhood and ending in their adulthood. Both appear to be unloved by their mothers. Both of their mothers died when they were young. Their fathers did not help the situations. They both were abandoned by their fathers. Pipís father died also when he was young and Dickensí father was imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea prison in 1824. Pip, however, had a more complex situation about being an orphan. Pipís Aunt Joe became his caretaker, or guardian. Due to certain circumstances in the novel, she became delirious and died. Pip really did not have a choice to become independent and neither did Dickens. It was either independence or complete failure and a total loss of hope. Since both men wanted to become something of themselves, they chose independence. Dickens spent a short period of time working in a blacking factory to take ...

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with their loved ones after the bad experiences were done and over. Dickensí sister-in-law remained with him to help care for his children (Sirs). Pip continued to visit Ms. Havisham after Estella got married and moved away. Sometimes, Pip and Estella would go and see Ms Havisham together.
Not only did they have bad experiences with women, but they also made sacrifices for women. Pip becomes a gentleman in order to please Estella. Pip also feels degrading and is not happy with his social status. He even tries to improve Joe because he is ashamed of him. Dickens just adjusts, or changes, his personality a little bit to try to become what the women want in a man (Thackerkay ...

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