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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens by Herminne Tonita -

Charles Dickens's masterpiece "Great Expectations" is said to be a bildungsroman, as it follows the steps of Pip's transformation from a poor boy to a highly educated gentleman. Most people would assume that through age and maturation, a boy with a wonderful heart and personality would further develop into a kind-hearted, considerate gentleman. Yet, Pip changes perspectives on life and begins to be ashamed with his poor relatives, becoming superficial and ungrateful.

His ungratefulness caused a change in his relationship with Joe and Biddy. But he rediscovered his love for his family when realising that status and wealth were unimportant and that their love meant more than he once believed. Sometimes we must stay away from what we know and look back, to r ealise what we truly left behind.

The central theme of the novel is the moral growth from moral ignorance to wisdom, which in a first person narrative is a matter of self discovery, from rejection to acceptance, from innocence to maturity. After completing the archetypal journey of initiation, Pip finds his true identity and realises that love is above everything else.

Pip fulfills his great expectations at the end of his journey. The irony is that Pip is helped to become a gentlaman by an ex-convict, a man he really despises at the beginning of the novel, just as he totaly disconsiders Joe. Pip is Magwitch's alter ego.

The main character of the novel belongs to the young idealistic characters indoubted with a lofty personality and noble features. Struggle is another characteristic of the novel: struggle between capital and labour, between aristocracy and the middle class, between science and religion.

Love is the blackbone of the book, the thing that binds people together. There has to be love, otherwise the characters would not be able to interact.

To sum up, education, gratitude, love and compassion are those notions which the Victorians held in high estime. The code of behaviour for a gentleman implies all these features.
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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 10 February '07


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