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Satire in "Great Expectations" by Charled Dickens.

Pip's comment, "he [Joe] was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going...dear fellow" (6). Also, Dickens illustrates how people strive to be higher up the class system. For example, Mrs. Joe uses Pip as an object when she carelessly sends him to Miss Havisham's in hope of gaining money and becoming richer. The flaws of the class system are criticized throughout the novel. Finally, the third aspect of society, which Dickens satirizes, is education. The satire of education is revealed through Dickens's...

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Love & Guilt in Great Expectations

Pip so that we can draw a conclusion from his actions in the novel. The aim of this essay is basically to discuss the two significant issues of ‘love’ and ‘guilt’ together in this mid-Victorian novel concerning mostly the main characters Pip, Miss Havisham, Estella, Biddy, Herbert and Joe. Right from the early chapters of the novel, the reader gets to know that even though Mrs. Joe is Pip’s elder sister, Pip feels close to Joe, Mrs. Joe’s husband, rather than his own sister who never...

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Great Expectation

lozenges" (Dickens 9), an escaped convict approaches him and demands that Pip gets him a file and some wittles. Being scared of the man, Pip does as he asks. As Pip grows older, he forgets about Joe and the convict and becomes closely aquatinted with Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella. He soon becomes infatuated with their lifestyle and Estella's beauty. As Pip continues his expectations, he comes into the possession of money from an anonymous benefactor and changes into an egotistical snob and...

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Being a Gentleman - Great Expectations

of the story, beginning with idealistic views of becoming a gentleman and ending with a deeper, more intellectual perspective of being a gentleman. After meeting the wealthy and once elegant Miss Havisham, Pip becomes ashamed of his life as a lowly peasant and son of a blacksmith. He believes Miss Havisham and Estella are better than he is, and he yearns to be a member of the elite. This commences his longing for an education. At first, he attempts to learn on his own, but realizes it is a useless...

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Women Characters in the Selected Novels of Charles Dickens

didn’t recognize herself in the portrait, just as Mr. Micawber is constructed from aspects of his father’s rhetorical excuberance. Harold Skimpole in Bleak House, is based on James Henry Leigh Hunt: his wife’s dwarfish chiropodist recognized herself in Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield. Perhaps Dicken’s impressions on his meeting with Hans Christian Andersen informed the delineation of Uriah Heep. Virginal Woolf maintained that “we remodel our psychological geography when we read Dickens” as he produces...

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Great Expectations Book Report

with the main character, Pip, encountering a runaway convict. Pip procures supplies for the man from his house. The convict then gets into a fight with another runaway convict and is take back to jail. Pip is soon after invited to the house of Miss Havisham, a rich, eccentric old lady who lives in isolation. Pip gets to know her adopted daughter Estella during his visit and begins to have feelings of love for her. However, it is not easy for him to deal with these feelings because he becomes self-conscious...

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Great Expectations

Expectations, Dickens used the houses of the characters to represent the state of the characters spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Mrs. Havisham has been frozen in time just like her house has been frozen in time for the past twenty years. "Mrs. Havisham's house of darkness, decay, and frozen time …. is a symbol of the spiritual condition of Mrs. Havisham. "(Miller 192) Dickens has been known for using houses as symbols of the characters that lives in the house. "Satis house is an elaborate...

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Great Expectations

in Compeyson. Compeyson the man that was supposed to married Miss Havisham was a self-centered man. He tricked Miss Havisham to fall in love with him, but when he had access to her money he left on their wedding day. Compeyson also tricked Magwitch. Compeyson and Magwitch were arrested together, but Compeyson organize a plan that got him seven years in jail while Magwitch got fourteen years. The pain that Compeyson left to Miss Havisham and his manipulation of the sentence hearing gave birth to monsters...

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Pip's Perceptions

and caring for him, treating him without regard to his feelings, or by exposing him to how different people perceive contentment. The characters that most directly affect his perceptions are Joe and Biddy, Mrs. Joe and his Uncle Pumblechook, and Miss Havisham and Estella. Joe and Biddy shape Pip’s perceptions by nurturing him in an environment of kindness and instilling the mindset that contentment can be achieved as a common person to make sure he would understand at a young age to not define someone...

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person especially in attitude. But Pip is only one individual compare to hundreds of thousands of people. How about what other people experience other then Pip. Another character in the novel, Miss Havisham who almost have the same but simliar problem like Pip with wealth, love, and happiness. Miss Havisham being wealthy herself wanted to get marry with guy who name is Compeyson, but she thought that the marriage was base on love not money. She also didn't know that the guy Compeysonwas just after...

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