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Sarah Bacon 4-4-01 Engilsh IV 4st hour Great Expectations is considered Dickens' greatest novel due to his strategies in characterization, style, plot, and theme.

Great Expectations I. Introduction A. Background of Dickens' life B. Thesis statement II. Authentic characters A. Characterization of Pip 1. First person narrative by Pip 2. Change character 3. Romance B. Characterization of main women 1. Miss Havisham 2. Estella 3. Biddy 4. Mrs. Joe III. Style A. Relation of scenery to character's inner thoughts B. Contrast two endings IV. Plot A. Pickwick Papers B. Faultless plot 1. Simpleness 2. Basic lines set early 3. Chief characters set on stage early V. Theme A. Goodness: Product of inner worth 1. Learning hard way 2. Sacrificing C. Sympathies 1. Children and poor 2. Political and social injustices VI. Conclude and restate thesis Sarah Bacon April 30, 2001 Great Expectations Charles Dickens, one of the greatest English novelists of the 1800's, faced much adversity in his youth. He had seven other siblings, and his father served prison time. At the age of ten, Dickens was working in a factory. His education was limited to a mere two years, and he worked in a lawyer's office for a short time. These life experiences are displayed in several of his novels; however, Great Expectations stands out among these due to various factors. Great expectations in considered Dickens's great novel due to these strategies in characterization, style, plot, and them.

Dickens created a variety of characters. His characters in Great Expectations fit into the story line more so than his other works. They are the most authentic of Dickens's creations. Great Expectations is Dickens's first novel narrated in the first person. Pip, the narrator, is "Dickens' best bit of work" (Gissing 95). Ironically, Dickens never gives the reader a physical description of Pip. He focuses on Pip's inner self in order for the reader to remain focused on the inner qualities of his character. Since...