Do not merely summarize the plot. 2. Morally ambiguous characters - characters whose behavior discourages readers from identifying with them as purely good or purely evil - are at the heart of many works of literature. Great
Expectations has a morally ambiguous character play a pivotal role. Write a well-organized essay in which you explain how the character can be viewed as morally ambiguous and why his or her moral ambiguity is significant to the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary. 3. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899), the protagonist Edna Pontellier is said to possess “that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.” In Great Expectations, identify a character who conforms outwardly while questioning inwardly. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work. Avoid mere plot summary. 4. In some works of literature, childhood and adolescence are portrayed as times graced by innocence and a sense of wonder; in other works, they are depicted as times of tribulation and terror.
Focusing on Great Expectations, in a well-organized essay explain how its representation of childhood or adolescence shapes the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary. 5. In Great Expectations, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present actions, attitudes, or values of a character.