My Personal Challenge – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

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Dickens’s magnificent novel of guilt, desire, and redemption
The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward Estella, form the prelude to his “great expectations.” How Pip comes into a fortune, what he does with it, and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemption.

My Thoughts

This book is masterful. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Every moment brought me back to a time when words were the most powerful tool used against each other. Words and class standings are the heart of what Great Expectations is about. It’s a coming of age tale like no other, the narration grows as the character himself grows. It’s a fascinating transition through Pip’s life.

We see Pip go through many of life’s difficulties, with a few peculiarities thrown in for good measure. As Pip learns to navigate through poverty into sudden Expectations, we begin to see a transformation that, eventually, even he deems unbecoming. Through his bumblings, Pip makes great friends in very unexpected places. These people are the ones who help him through his most troubling times.

Such a time occurs when Pip finds out the benefactor behind his sudden Expectations, and the trouble that comes along with it. Hebert, Wemmick, and even Jaggers are right by his side as he figures out how to navigate the situation. It isn’t until the very end that Pip realizes his greatest achievements and expectations have always been in front of his face – his friends, his family, and Estella.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 17, 2012.

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