Tells the story of Pip, an orphan who, through a mysterious benefactor, rises in Victorian society, is educated as a gentleman, and snobbishly neglects his childhood friends
The tale of the orphan, Pip, and his mysterious benefactor provides a grotesque but pointed comedy that explores the many levels of English society with insight and sympathy as well as a satiric eye. Considered by many to be Dickens's best novel, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is the story of a young man who rises out of a rough, deprived childhood to a life in which his expectations--or some of them--are fulfilled: he is a gentleman and a success, though he soon finds that happiness doesn't necessarily accompany money and position. The novel is full of fascinating scenes and characters, among them the coldhearted Estella, the vengeful and dotty Miss Havisham, Joe Gargery the noble blacksmith, the ever-lovable Herbert Pocket, and of course Magwitch, the grotesque and terrifying but ultimately benevolent convict, one of Dickens's most vital creations. As the compelling plot progresses, Pip's fortunes rise and fall, and he slowly gains in wisdom, learning to value what is important and to abandon most of his illusions. But the moral of the story is never heavy-handed or didactic, and in telling his tale, Dickens epitomizes all the best qualities for which he became famous: a comic vision, an inventive imagination, and a bountiful appreciation for the wonderful variety and boundless possibility inherent in the most ordinary humans.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Comics + Graphic Novels / General, Classics, Conflicts + Dualities, Settings, Love + Relationships + Sex, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Types of Characters, Work + the Workplace, Literary, Family + Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior, Money + Finance, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Stages of Life, Society + Social Issues
- March 1, 1992
- March 1, 1992
- Charles Dickens