Great Expectations: A Glimpse Into Victorian England

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Great Expectations was a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1860. Dickens was born on February 7th 1812, in Hampshire. Charles was working for long hours in extremely bad conditions at the age of 12, experiences like have a huge influence on the way he writes his novels because they’re mostly about how the poor lived during Victorian Britain.

Great expectations was set in Victorian Britain in the early nineteenth century, where women were seen more as objects or property than a human, where people where divided into social classes, e.g. you were either respectful, rich and led a luxurious life or were poor and inferior.
In the novel, Pip is the main character of the story which begins when he’s under the age of ten, his parents died and therefore lives with his cruel sister and her husband, the local blacksmith. While visiting the grave on day, he meets an escaped convict and gives him food.

Settings play an important role in great expectations, the settings have the power to show who a character is because they reflect on the character’s personality and circumstance, There are also settings that most readers might not be able to see which change the characters personalities unless it is reflected on them. Sates house and the graveyard both match the characters’ moods andhelp to make them memorable.
In ‘Great Expectations, Charles Dickens manages to create some very strong characters who are memorable and impressive. He uses different techniques to bring specific characters to life e.g. Pip, Magwich, Ms Havisham and Estella; Dickens’ use of various techniques help him to catch the readers’ attention.

His full name is Phillip Parrip, he was never able to pronounce his name properly and all he could say
was Pip, so that stuck with him. Pip is the narrator so the whole novel is seen from his perspective and sometimes this might make an adult find it hard to understand Pip, He is young boy who is confused about who he is because he’s “never saw any likeness” of his parents and wants to desperately find out who he is leading to his visit to the graves of his dead parents, there he tries to imagine what they might have looked like from the appearance of their graves, “childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly” and his father “square, stout dark man with curly hair”. The descriptive techniques that Dickens uses to describe Pip create an image of a chubby, “undersized” and weak boy in the readers’ minds.
Pip, like most of the characters in Dickens’ books, is of working class, this is the reason he feels different to Ms Havisham and Estella, his appearance and dress are made fun of by Estella “what course hands he has! And what thick boots”, this makes him feel ashamed of who he is, meeting Ms Havisham and Estella and visiting the Satis house changes him into an idealistic boy who wants to become a rich gentleman just to impress Estella.

When Pip meets Magwitch, he is immediately terrified and starts “trembling” as he...

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