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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 the readers fare more intact with Pip's emotions, they acquire a memorable, lasting impression of Pip. Pip, born an orphan, is brought up by his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery. Unlike Dickens's usual characters, Pip's character changes throughout the novel. "He changes, radically: he moves from a frightened and selfish innocence, to the snobbery and pretense of being a manufactured gentleman, to the wisdom that the convict Magwitch's basic goodness forces on him" (Jacobson 55).

Besides Pip being a tremendous character, so are the women in Great Expectations. The chief women in Pip's life are anything but motherly (Houston 14). According to the critics, Miss Havisham is viewed as a gorgeous female. She hires Pip to play with her adopted daughter, Estella, who is an elegant little girl. Miss Havisham has raised Estella to more or less hate the male sex. This is due to Miss Havisham's previous experience of being stood up on their wedding day. Pip falls in love with Estella, but she does not feel the same way about him. Actually, she has contempt towards Pip. On the other hand, there is Biddy. Like Pip, she is an orphan. Pip and Biddy "have an odd brother-sister-lover relationship" (Partlow 13). They grew up together and are like a brother and sister to one another. As they grow older, Biddy falls in love with Pip. She no longer sees him just as a friend. Pop, however, continually rejects her feelings, and has eventually loses her crush on him and falls for and marries Joe Gargery, Pip's brother in law. This love triangle between Pip, Estella, and Biddy cause4s much misery to Pip. This is Dickens's only romance that he has achieved so accurately in arousing and defeating his reader's curiosity (Charles Dickens: Criticism 1). Another key woman in Pip's life is Mrs. Joe, his sister. Mrs. Joe is the wife of Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. She has raised Pip since his birth. Mrs. Joe is very ill tempered and bossy. She uses Pip to do everything, and she constantly remind him of the...
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