Term Paper on Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations is a very enjoyable book for the reader
for many reasons. Overall, Great Expectations is a novel that effectively depicts the
emotions and feelings of the characters in the story and has a plot that maintains the
reader’s interest. These elements, along with others help to make the novel
appealing for the reader.

When young boy by the name of Philip Pirrup (referred to a Pip by all that know him)
encounters an escaped convict in a churchyard, he is extorted to get food and a file for
the man. Once Pip retrieves these items for the man, he learns that the man is in fact, an
escaped convict. Pip, although being only seven at the time, was part of the group that
apprehended the convict.

For a few years following this event, Pip frequently visited extremely wealthy old women
named Miss Havisham. In the process, he falls in love with the woman’s adopted
daughter named Estella. She, however, despises him for being common and not a gentleman
and she frequently puts him down and, on one occasion, causes him to cry. After about a
year of providing company, she tells him not to visit her any more and pays him for his

Soon after, Pip is told that his prior plans to be a blacksmith (he was apprenticed to his
brother-in-law) were not to be and that he had come into Great Expectations. His
benefactor was to remain a secret until the person revealed himself or herself, but Pip
was certain that it was Miss Havisham. Pip was very happy not only because his new wealth
but also because he was certain that he was to marry Estella whom he still loved. Pip
moved to London where he befriended his new tutor’s son and his guardian’s

Pip was quite shocked, however, when he found his benefactor to be not Miss Havisham, but
rather the same man who Pip helped to apprehend when he was a convict. Also his sister,
who had raised him since his parents died when he was very young, had died due to an
attack she had suffered months before. This devastated him in that he would no longer be
wed to Estella. When he professed his love to her, he learned that she was to be married
to a person whom he despised.

Pip later discovered that his benefactor, named Magwitch was the real father of Estella.
When Magwitch was captured and sentenced to death for past crimes he had committed, Pip
returns home to find that his friend and person whom he planned to marry instead of
Estella, had married Pip’s brother-in-law after his sister was murdered. When Pip
then goes to Miss Havisham’s deserted house, he finds Estella there whom he talks to
about their past relationship. Then they part for the last time, without Pip feeling badly
about it. *

Dickens incorporated many effective writing techniques in his style of writing which makes
the novel enjoyable to the reader. The techniques employed by Dickens help to add reality
to the book and help the reader understand the characters’ feelings.

Dickens used several techniques in the story that made it more real to the reader. One
such technique that Dickens used was that of dialect. He used this by not only writing the
dialogue in the way that it would be said in terms of the sentence structure used in the
character’s speech, but he also spelled out single words by the way in which the
character would pronounce them. This allowed the reader to almost know exactly how it
would sound had the character been talking right in front of them.

Dickens used the technique of dialect when the “commoners” spoke. A few
instances of this include when Joe spoke and said particular as “partickler.”
This juxtaposition of the commoners’ speech and that of the wealthy persons’
articulated speech allows the reader to understand the education difference between people
of both classes.
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