Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Reviews
Description:ISBN 0141439564 / Author: Charles Dickens / Genre: Classic Literature / Pip is the narrator of the story, which begins when he is aged ... more
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ... seven. He is an orphan living with his sister and her husband who is the local blacksmith. Their home is set in the marshes of Kent. One evening while visiting his parentsí graves, an escaped convict, who orders him at the peril of his life to obtain food and a file for his leg irons, grabs Pip. Pip obeys and the convict is soon captured, but he protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the items himself. Miss Havisham, who lives in a grand house outside Pipís village, is a wealthy woman, who was jilted on her wedding day and her home has not changed since that date. The dining room table is still prepared for the wedding feast. Pip is asked to visit the house and play with Miss Havishamís adopted daughter, Estella. Estella is a very beautiful young girl and she captivates Pip. She treats him coldly and harshly, and Pip dreams of becoming worthy enough of her, and he is determined to obtain some sort of education. Some years later Pip is sponsored by Miss Havisham to become apprentice to his brother-in-law, Joe. Pip feels this is a type of imprisonment and he can see no way of obtaining his dreams.
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Customer Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Reviews (24)
by - written on 11/07/03, updated on 11/07/03 (Very useful, 314 readings)
Great Expectations was first published in a newspaper over a space of weeks. That’s while you’ll find in different chapters that it seems like Dickens is reminding you of the characters, because after a week, people forgot different characters. It’s an odd novel, because each character changes throughout it. You’d never think that someone you liked so much in the beginning could become someone you don’t like further on in the novel, or vice versa, but that actually happens often in the book with most characters. A story of a young boy from rags to riches has been read thousands of times in the century and a half it’s ... Read the complete review
by - written on 20/06/11, updated on 21/06/11 (Very useful, 12 readings)
Synopsis: 'Great Expectations' follows the story of an orphan named Pip, as he transitions from a boy who is full of 'great expectations' to a man - entwining fate, mystery and unrequited love, it is a novel that is emotional at times, yet still has resonance in today's society, whilst giving an insight into nineteenth century life as an orphan. Thoughts / Opinions: Despite this interesting and inventive plot, it felt as though Dickens was trying too hard with descriptions (although reminiscent of Victorian writing and the origins of the novel in different publications) making some areas pass too slowly. Whilst I do not condemn the novel for this, ... Read the complete review
by - written on 30/11/08 (Very useful, 1175 readings)
A brilliant read I especially found chapter one to be very vivid - thus my review is based upon that. The initial chapter is set in a churchyard of graves in the flat Essex marshes, through Pips narration we can envision the bleak threatening landscape. He uses a stream of negative adjectives such as "bleak", "dark" and "leaden" to portray how threatening the landscape is to him. The phrase "...dead and buried" details how the graveyard is inhabited by the dead meaning Pip feels isolated and alone. Pip depicts his location within a long periodic sentence of sixteen clauses, frequently punctuated with "and that". The ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/11/08 (Very useful, 672 readings)
My first experience of the Dickens classic Great Expectations was when I studied it at School as part of my English course. This basically entaled the entire book being read to us over the course of several lessons, with the occassional reading duty given out to a member of the class to give the teacher a break. This was a very disjointed way of reading the book as it not only did it take seemingly forever but also it was very hard to concentrate on being read to over the course of a double lesson which lasted one hour and ten minutes. That said, I found the actual plot of the story to be really quite good. Having read the book, we also watched one of the film versions, . Read the complete review
by - written on 27/07/04, updated on 27/07/04 (Very useful, 319 readings)
Have you ever wished you could be a high-flying executive, with money, respect and admiration showering down upon you? Have you ever had a crush on someone and wanted to impress them? Have you ever felt like your wings are clipped and you're not getting your chance to make an impression on the world? If so, you're just like Pip in Great Expectations. He is cared for by his strict sister and her gentle husband Joe, but becomes increasingly aware of his humble circumstances when he starts to visit the odd and rich Miss Havisham and the beautiful young girl Estella who lives with her. He hates how Estella looks down on him and wants to rise up in the world ... Read the complete review
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