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Re too good taste only comes after much patience and experiencePerhaps the thing I love best about this novel is the cast of characters their names as well as their personalities Ms Havisham is one of my favorite characters to ever appear in all of the literature I have read There is so much ensity and complexion to her character that I could literally make an entire career out of writing Reading Migration and Culture discourses on her characterization She has even invaded the way I think about the world and the people I have met I have for instance started referring to those instances where parents try to achieve success through their children the Havisham effect unfortunately you see this all too often in the world of teaching Havisham s name is another exasperatingly fantastic aspect of her character like the majority of Dickens characters you pretty much know what you re in for when you first read her name she is full of lies tricks andeceits or shams You The Formula for Success don t get this sort of characterization much of anywhere else in the literary sceneAnother reason I love this novel so much is its plotting Remember Dickens was writing in a serialized format so he needed to keep his readers hooked so that they want to buy the next issue of his periodical All the Year Round in order to see what happens next Thus the plot of Great Expectations is winding unpredictable and uite shocking at points Certainly in terms of heavy action well what our youngsters these African Literature and Social Change days would call action fighting and big explosions and what not there is none or very little at most but that s not the thing to be looking for Figure out the characters first and then once you ve gotten to know and even care for them or hate them you will be hooked on the plot because you will want to know what happens to these people who you ve invested so much feeling into This is of course true of all novels but it s what I tell my students when they read Great Expectations for the first time and by gum it s helped than a few of them get through the novel successfullySo if you read Great Expectations in middle school high school or college but haven t picked it up since I urge you too so With a patient and experienced set of eyes you just might surprise yourself 876 Great Expectations Charles DickensThe novel was first published as a serial in Dickens s weekly periodical All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861 In October 1861 Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes On Christmas Eve around 1812 Pip an orphan who is about seven years old encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe Gargery a blacksmith The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file Early on Christmas morning Pip returns with the file a pie and brandy During Christmas Dinner that evening at the moment Pip s theft is about to be iscovered soldiers arrive and ask Joe to repair some shackles Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict who is fighting with another escaped convict The first convict confesses to stealing food from the smithy A year or two later Miss Havisham a wealthy spinster who still wears her old wedding ress and lives as a recluse in the Please Will Someone Help Me? dilapidated Satis House asks Mr Pumblechook a relation of the Gargery s to find a boy to visit her Pip visits Miss Havisham and falls in love with her adoptedaughter Estella Estella remains aloof and hostile to Pip which Miss Havisham encourages Pip visits Miss Havisham regularly until he is old enough to learn a tradeJoe accompanies Pip for the last visit when she gives the money for Pip to be bound as apprentice blacksmith Joe s surly assistant Dolge Orlick is envious of Pip and Seventh Street Alchemy A Selection of Writings from the Caine Prize for African Writing 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing series dislikes Mrs Joe When Pip and Joe are away from the house Mrs Joe is brutally attacked leaving her unable to speak oro her work Orlick is suspected of the attack Mrs Joe becomes kind hearted after the attack Pip s former schoolmate Biddy joins the household to help with her careFour years into Pip s apprenticeship Mr Jaggers a lawyer tells him that he has been provided with money from an anonymous benefactor so that he can become a gentleman Pip is to leave for London but presuming that Miss Havisham is his benefactor he first visits herPip sets up house in London at Barnard s Inn with Herbert Pocket the son of his tutor Matthew Pocket who is a cousin of Miss Havisham Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was Dripping Hot Action defrauded andeserted by her fianc Pip meets fellow pupils Bentley Drummle a brute of a man from a wealthy noble family and Startop who is agreeable Jaggers No Place To Cry: The Hurt and Healing of Sexual Abuse disburses the money Pip needs 1975 1351 9789646207486 1391 1387 Great Expectationswere formedwere metand were thoroughly exceeded The votes have been tallied alloubts have been answered and it is official and in the books I am a full fledged foaming fanboy of Sir Dickens and sporting a massive man crush for literature s master story teller uick Aside My good friend Richard who All That Glitters (Alchemys Heirs despises Chuckles the Dick is nooubt having a conniption as he reads thisdeep breaths Richard African American English: A Linguistic Introduction deep breaths After love love loving A Tale of Two Cities I went into this one with you guessed it insert novel title and was nervous and wary of a serious letown in my sopho experience with Dickens Silly me there was Zero Reason Fear And reason for fear and was even enjoyable I had hoped Not uite as standing ovation inducing as A Tale of Two Cities but that was a function of the subject matter of A Tale of Two Cities being attractive to me PLOT SUMMARYHere Dickens tells the story of the growth and Great Short Stories by African-American Writers development of young Philip Pirrip Pip who begins his life as an orphan neglected and abused by his sister Mrs Joe Gargery I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to theictates of reason religion and morality and against the Drunk On Chocolate dissuading arguments of my best friends Through a series of chance encounters Pip rises above hisisadvantaged beginnings to become a gentleman in every sense of the word Pip s journey is not a straight line and his strength of character and inner goodness are not unwavering but in the end they shine through and he the better for it THOUGHTS GUSHINGSDickens prose is the essence of engaging and his humor is both sharp and subtle and sends warm blasts of happy right into my cockles My sister Mrs Joe Gargery was than twenty years older than I and had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbors because she had brought me up by hand Having at that time to find out for myself what the expression meant and knowing her to have a hard and heavy hand and to be much in the habit of laying it upon her husband as well as upon me I supposed that Joe Gargery and I were both brought up by hand In addition to his ability to twist a phrase and infuse it with clever Major Problems in African-American History: From Freedom to Freedom Now, 1865-1990s (Major Problems in American History Series) dry wit Dickens is able to brings similar skill across the entire emotional range When he tugs on the heart strings heoes so as a maestro plucks the violin and you will feel played and thankful for the experience For now my repugnance to him had all melted away and in the hunted wounded shackled creature who held my hand in his I only saw a man who had meant to be my benefactor and who had felt affectionately gratefully and generously towards me with great constancy through a series of years I only saw in him a much better man than I had been to JoeWe spent as much money as we could and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us We were always or less miserable and most of our acuaintance were in the same condition There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves and a skeleton truth that we never Academia did To the best of my belief our case was in the last aspect a rather common one Dickens never bashes over the head with the emotional power of his prose In fact it is the uiet subtle method of hiselivery of the arker emotions that make them so powerful OkayokayI ll stop on the prose I think I ve made my point that I love his writing Combine his polished breezy verse with his seemingly endless supply of memorable characters that is his trademark and you have the makings of a true classicwhich this happens to be There are so many uniue well rawn characters in this story alone that it is constantly amazing to me that he was able to so regularly populate his novels with such a numerous supply To name just a few Great Expectations gives us the wealthy and bitter Miss Havisham the good hearted but often weak social climbing main character Pip the good hearted criminal Magwitch the truly evil and Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America despicable Orlick and Drummle the virtuous pillar of goodness Joe Gargery the abusive mean spirited never to be pleased Mrs Joe Gargery the cold and unemotional Estella the officious money grubbing Mr Pumblechook and the iconic Victorian businessman Mr Jaggers It s a veritable panoply ofistinct personalities each with their own voice and their own part to play in this wonderful Beths Stable Stolen by an Alien depiction of life in 19th Century London The only criticism I have for the book is that I tend to agree with some critics that the original sadder ending to the story was better and in keeping with the rest of the narrative However as someone whooesn t mind a happy ending especially with characters I have come to truly care for that is a relatively minor gripe 45 to 50 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS PS A few bonus uotes that I thought were too good not to share Pip In a word I was too cowardly to Aliens Vs Predator do what I knew to be right as I had been too cowardly to avoidoing what I knew to be wrong Joe to Pip If you can t get to be uncommon through going straight you ll never get to For Discrimination do it through going crooked There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was uite ignorant of its worth I first read Great Expectations when I was thirteen years old It was the first of Dickens works that I read of my own volition the only other being Oliver Twist which we Academic Writing, Real World Topics d studied parts of in school You know I missed out on a lot when I was thirteen By this I mean that Iidn t always understand the eeper meaning lying beneath the surface of my favourite classics I favoured fast paced and gritty stories and idn t understand the love for Austen later cured But there was something about Great Expectations that hit me hard on all level. 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Great ExpectationsI was really mad when I finished this book last night I have to say I enjoyed this much than the other Dickens books I ve read which is funny because someone told me it was written for kids so I should read it because I would like it better probably and I African Literature 9 did It just felt too long and I kind of saw the twist of who was Pip s benefactor coming but at the same time I think the way everything is told andeveloped is really good I think I mostly felt it was long because I had to read slower than I would have otherwise because the writing was complex and I wanted to make sure I was understanding what was happening and fully understanding each sentence I think the last sentence or two of this book was really beautiful and so well written but it made me really mad to have it end that way Alien Conquest despite the fact that it was a really good ending because it was ambiguous I know it seems like no matter what happens with a book I complain and I think that s just myisposition as a person Most of the characters were so unlikable though especially Pip so many times through out the book I wanted to throttle him Anyway Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide definitely the best Dickens book I ve read thus far and I would say this ones a 35 stars from me it be higher but reading it felt slow and like I had to trudge through it at multiple points Boringull lifeless and flat This is so Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery drawn out and boring I kept having to remind myself what the plot was Best to get someone else to sum up the story rather than undergo the torture of reading it I saw that the bride within the bridalress had withered like the Conjure In African American Society dress and like the flowers and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes I saw that theress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman and that the figure upon which it now hung loose had shrunk to skin and bone How Womens Political Activism in Palestine do youo Miss Havisham She makes many lists of the twenty greatest characters from Dicken s novelsI hadn t ever met Miss Havisham officially although I knew of her I have heard of her circumstances iscussed her in English Literature classes and even referenced her in a paper She is a tragic figure tinged with true insanity and yet someone in complete control of her faculties when it comes to talking about HER money She was jilted at the altar and like a figure from mythology she is suspended in time She wears her tattered wedding ress every The alphas abused mate day and sits among theecaying ruins of her wedding feast We meet our hero Pip when in an act of charity born of fear than goodwill he provides assistance to a self liberated convict named Abel Magwitch It was a rather imprudent thing to Word Alchemy do similar to one of us picking up a hitchhiker in an orange jumpsuit just after passing a sign that says Hitchhikers in this area may be escaped inmates Littleoes he know but this act of kindness will have a long term impact on his life Pip and the ConvictPip is being raised by his sister an unhappy woman who expresses her misery with harsh words and vigorous smacks Tickler was a wax ended piece of cane worn smooth by collision with my tickled frame She also browbeats her burly blacksmith husband Joe into submission Mr Pumblechook Joe s Uncle is always praising the sister for The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures doing her properuty by Pip Boy be forever grateful to all friends but especially unto them which brought you up by hand In other words she An Endless Lie didn t spare the rod or the child Mr Pumblechook is one of those annoying people who is always trying to gain credit for anyone s good fortune He intimates that he was the puppet master pulling the strings that allowed that good fortune to find a proper home Later when Pip finds himself elevated to gentleman s status Pumblechook is uick to try and garner credit for brokering theeal Things become interesting for Pip when is asked to be a play companion of Miss Havisham s adopted ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) daughter Estella The girl is being trained to be the architect of Miss Havisham s revengeon all men She is the brutal combination of spoiled beautiful and heartless She wants Pip to fall in love with her to provide a training ground for exactly how to keep a man in love with her and at the same time treat him with the proper amount ofisdain As Pip becomes ensnared in Estella s beauty Miss Havisham is spurring him on Love her love her love her If she favors you love her If she wounds you love her If she tears your heart to pieces and as it gets older and stronger it will tear My Hero Academia memes for kids - Funny New Memes 2019 deeper love her love her love her Never had I seen such passionate Estella the weapon of man sestruction walking with PipPip is fully aware of the After the Tears dangers of falling in love with Estella but it is almost impossible to control the heart when it begins to beat faster Her contempt for me was so strong that it became infectious and I caught it His hopes almost completelyashed that he will ever have a legitimate opportunity to woo Estella properly are buoyed by the knowledge of a benefactor willing to finance his rise to gentleman status No chance suddenly becomes a slim chance Pip is not to know where these great expectations are coming from but he assumes it is Miss Havisham as part of her emented plans for exacting revenge by using Estella to break his heart He is willing to be the patsy for her plans because some part "of him believes he can turn the tide of Estella s heart if he can find one beating in her "him believes he can turn the tide of Estella s heart if he can find one beating in her You must know said Estella condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might that I have no heart if that has anything to o with my memoryThe book is of course filled with Dickensonian Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) descriptions of the bleaker side of Victorian society We entered this haven through a wicket gate and wereisgorged by an introductory passage into a melancholy little suare that looked to me like a flat burying ground I thought it had the most like a flat burying ground I thought it had the most trees in it and the most Facing the Rising Sun dismal sparrows and the mostismal cats and the most Best African American Fiction 2010 dismal houses in number half aozen or so that I had ever seen As I was reading the book it felt like THE PLOT SUDDENLY SPED UP FROM A LEISURELY WORLD plot suddenly sped up from a leisurely world pace that permeates most Dickens novels to the final laps of an Indy 500 race I was not surprised to Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, discover that Dickens had intended this novel to be twice as long butue to contractual obligations with the serialization of the novel Dickens found himself in a uandary He had a much larger story percolating in his head but simply out of room to print it Nothing Teacher For An Alien Doctor (Intergalactic Exchange Program, drives a reader crazier than knowing that this larger concept was realized but never committed to paper The rest of Great Expectations exists only in the lostreams of DickensPip is a willing victim and therefore not a victim because he fully realized that Miss Havisham was barking mad and that Estella had been brainwashed into being a sword of vengeance He was willing to risk having his heart wrenched from his body and New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 dashed into the sea for a chance that Estella would recognize that happiness could be obtained if she would only forsake her training Pip like most young men of means spent than his stipend allowed and asebts mount he is and anxious to learn of his benefactor s intentions It will not be what he expects and provides a nice twist to the novel There are blackguards adventures near The Battle over Marriage death experiences swindlers agitations both real and imagined andescriptions that make the reader savor the immersion in the black soot and blacker hearts of Victorian society Better late than never but I now have than a nodding acuaintance with Miss Havisham Pip and the supporting cast They will continue to live in my imagination for the rest of my lifeIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at You are in every line I have ever read Why couldn t every line in this book be this good I took me nearly three whole months to finish it Not because it was bad but because it Teaching History for Justice dragged andragged and there are far intriguing books out there than Great ExpectationsThe good stuffAn exciting cast of characters most of them very weird extravagant and almost to completely ridiculous By far my favourites are Joe because he s such a goodhearted person and Miss Havisham because I totally look up to her Laughing to Keep from Dying dedication to melodramaWhat also got me hooked were the huge revelations in this book There were a few things that Iid not see comingThe bad stuffToo many words too many pages I was completely INTERRACIAL ROMANCE demotivated to ever finish this which is why I made myself write a term paper about it so that I would actually pick it up again and read all of it I workedHonestly though this book was originally published in a Victorian Periodical Imagine watching your favourite TV Show and waiting for a new episode every week Well it was like that with this novel It was published in several instalments The readers needed to be entertained enough so that they would buy next weeks magazine copy This also means that Charles Dickens needed to fill the pages every week so that the readers got what they paid for And I m afraid it also reads like that If this novel was 200 pages shorter I might have enjoyed it There was so much going on that Iidn t care about so many etails that could have been omitted Overall a fine classic and a well plotted story that bored me with its obsession for things unimportant I can t wait to watch the adoption with Helena Bonham Carter thoughFind of my books on Instagram Admittedly I can be a bit ismissive of the classics By which I mean that many of my reviews resemble a Sarah T - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic drive by shooting This annoys some people if measured by the responses I m still getting to my torching of Moby Dick Even though I should expect some blowback I still get a littleefensive I mean no one wants to be called a horrendous person just because he or she LA Mujer En Puerto Rico didn t like an overlong self indulgent self important epic about aouche y peg leg and a stupid whale I m no philistine I console myself with the belief that I have relatively Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies decent taste For instance Ion t listen to Nickelback I read the New Yorker and I haven t seen an Adam Sandler film in theaters since Punch Drunk Love Hating Melville Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree does not make me a backwater provincialrunk on Boone s Farm Ken Follett novels and the cinema of Rob Schneider Indeed I have two principled reasons for not liking many certified classics Strike that I have one paranoid reason and one semi principled reason The paranoid first Have you ever noticed how ifficult it is to read so many so called classics From the endless torments of Dostoyevsky to the prodigious length of Tolstoy See alternate cover edition hereDickens's magnificent novel of guilt esire and redemption The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on.

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O the impenetrability or weirdness of Joyce Faulkner or Pynchon the world s great novels seem needlessly excruciating I think it s a conspiracy A conspiracy of English majors and literature majors and critics all over the globe These individuals form an elitist guild like all guilds and licensing bodies their goal is to erect barriers to entry In this case the barriers to entry are Finnegan s Wake and In Search of Lost Time This snooty establishment has elevated the most ense inscrutable works to exalted status ensuring that the lower classes stay where they belong in the checkout aisle with Weekly World News and Op Center novels Isn t it possible that the only reasons the classics are classic is because they tell us they re classic What if they are wrong More frightening what if I m right Isn t it possible that all the greatest novels in history actually suck Am I the only one who thinks it possible that true greatness lies within Twilight I am Okay moving on My principled objection to various classic novels is that I love reading and have loved to read from an early age I also loved to complain from an early age To that end classics are the worst thing to ever happen to literature with the exception of Dan Brown Every rug ealer and fast food marketer knows that you have to hook kids early in life Forcing students to consume classics too soon is akin to the neighborhood ope peddler handing out asparagus and raw spinach The problem is worst in high schools where English teachers seem intent on strangling any nascent literary enjoyment in the crib At a fragile time in a young person s life a heaping Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources, 1957-1987 (Bibliographical Research in African Written Literatures, No 1) dose of Homer not Simpson can be enough to break a reading habit for life At least that was my experience I first came across Charles Dickens Great Expectations when it was assigned my freshman year of high school It was a confusing time caught between lingering childhood I still had toys in my room and emerging adulthood by the end of the year I get my Active Noise Control Systems: Algorithms and DSP Implementations (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing) drivers license Even though I been a voracious reader it had always been on my own terms When my teacher tried to shove Dickens Effective executive in action down my throat I started to lose interest in the written word and gain interest in the girls on the cheerleading chess team Thankfully I regained my joy of reading but it wasn t until I graduated from law school At that time Iecided to go back and read all the stuff that was assigned in high school that I either skimmed over or ignored completely Great Expectations was one of the first classics to which I returned Returned with a shudder I might add First off it wasn t as bad as I remembered Heck I liked it even So there Save your hate mail I o not come here to condemn Dickens merely to Fundamentals Of Agriculture Vol -2 damn him with faint praise In many ways Great Expectations is prototypical Dickens it is big and sprawling it is told in the first person by a narrator who often seems resoundinglyull it is peopled with over eccentric supporting characters with unlikely names and its labyrinthine structure and unspooling To Heal a Wounded Heart digressionsefy ordinary plot resolutions This is not a book that is getting to a sole point rather it s the tale of a boy s life with few Narcissistic Abuse Recovery details withheld It also limps to an unsatisfactory ending one of two endings actually since Dickens couldn t make up his mind that brings to mind the hastily reshot finale to the Jennifer AnistonVince Vaughn movie The Break Up The central character the first person narrator is an orphan surprise named Pip He lives with his mean sister and saintly husband Joe the simplest named of all Dickens creations This small unhappy family Pip s sister is forever peeved at the burden of taking care of her younger brother live in the marshes vividlyescribed by Dickens as a cold creeping lunar landscape where prisoners rot in offshore prison hulks and cannons boom to raise the Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 18811917 drowned It was a rimy morning and veryamp I had seen the A Memory of Mankind damp lying on the outside of my little window as if some goblin had been crying there all night and using the window for a pocket handkerchief Now I saw theamp lying on the bare hedges and spare grass like a coarser sort of spiders webs hanging itself from twig to twig and blade to blade On every rail and gate wet lay clammy and the marsh mist was so thick that the wooden finger on the post Will Teach for Food Academic Labor in Crisis Cultural Politics directing people to our village airection which they never accepted for they never came there was invisible to me until I was uite close under it Then as I looked up at it while it Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee dripped it seemed to my oppressed conscience like a phantomevoting me to the HulksPip s conscience is oppressed because of his Christmastime meeting with an escaped convict named Magwitch Pip helps Magwitch out of his shackles and steals him a pie and some brandy Later Magwitch is recaptured though Pip remains fearful that his role in the attempted escape will be iscovered Later young Pip is taken to the home of the wealthy old Miss Havisham to play with her adopted aughter Estella Miss Havisham of course is one of Dickens most famous creations She was left at the altar as a younger woman and now whiles away her Academic Capitalism and the New Economy Markets State and Higher Education days in her crumbling weddingress all the clocks in her house stopped at 840 Miss Havisham s sole elight seems to be in Estella s cruel treatment of poor Pip Nevertheless Pip *falls in love with Estella Eventually Miss Havisham pays Joe for Pip s services and Pip returns to the marshes as *in love with Estella Eventually Miss Havisham pays Joe for Pip s services and Pip returns to the marshes as blacksmithing apprentice Once Pip found Joe s profession to be honorable Now however after all of Estella s scornful jibes Pip finds the work beneath his ignity This begins the long period of insufferable Pip who will constantly struggle to rise above his station while simultaneously racking up ebts and alienating the people who truly love him At some point Pip is approached my Mr Jaggers a cunning lawyer with many clients who end up at the end of a noose he also has a compulsive propensity towards hand washing Jaggers informs Pip that he has a benefactor and that this benefactor has great expectations for Pip To receive his money Pip is told he must travel to London become A Gentleman And Retain His Name Pip gentleman and retain his name Pip so believing all the while that his benefactor is Miss Havisham If there is a spine to this book a central narrative thread it is Pip s pursuit of the lovely acidic Estella To this end Pip acts poorly in society goes in hock to his creditors and spars with Bentley Drummle for Estella s affections Of course this being a Dickens novel there is a lot swirling about Everywhere you look there are colorful satellite characters who seem all the lively for orbiting Pip Though unlikeable at times Pip is mostly ull Mainly I attribute this to the first person narrative It is easy to look out onto the world and harder to look inward Thus Pip is better at Falling For A Boss dramatizing the people he meets than in understanding himself One of the typical Dickensian eccentrics Pip encounters is John Wemmick a clerk for Mr Jaggers Wemmick lives in a house modeled after a castle and has a father The Aged P who has an affinity for firing off a cannon There is also Herbert Pocket who becomes friends with Pip even though their relationship begins with near fisticuffs Pocket comes from a hugeysfunctional family that Dickens Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics describes with apparent glee Though Great Expectations is not as long as David Copperfield or Bleak House it sprawls enough to cause confusion Character lists may become necessary Of course Dickens hates randomness and it is worth bearing in mind that most of the people you meet even the secondary personages will tie back into the main story In Dickens London everybody knows everybody else and all are ruled by the Gods of Coincidence Great Expectations involves a bit of a twist I won t assume you know the substance of this twist the way Pip assumes the identity of his benefactor so I will not spoil it If it is possible to spoil something published in 1861 I feel like I have a hit and miss relationship with Dickens work Usually I m a fan of big messy epics The bigger and messier the better However with regards to Dickens I ve found that I like his shorter economical stories A Tale of Two Cities A Christmas Carol to his bursting at the seams behemoths I think this has something too with payoff Usually when you read a novel it moves towards some sort of climax a set piece of action or emotional upheaval and resolution With Dickens though you are moving towards a lesson He was a great moralizer and critic and he used his novels as a canvas on which to make his points Great Expectations is no exception It is a homily irected at a Victorian England stratified by class and family background where station was efined even by lineage than by wealth Against this backdrop young Pip goes out into the world abandons his family and faithful old Joe makes horribly inaccurate judgments about people and finally learns that there is no place like home That s all well and good but not much of a reward for the They Hear Me Crying Now! (The True Story of Child Abuse Continued) - Child Abuse True Stories days or weeks youevote to Great Expectations especially when you can learn the same thing after two hours of The Wizard of Oz Pause you who read this and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold of thorns or flowers that would never have bound you but for the formation of the first link on one memorable Mobilizing Islam day That is such a uote If there was My students and some of my friends can t ever figure out why I love this novel so much I explain how the characters are thoroughly original and yet timeless how the symbolism is rich and tasty and how the narrative itself is juicy and chock full of complexity but they just shake their heads at me in utter amazement and say What s wrong with youudeWhat s wrong indeedI give them ten or fifteen years Perhaps they ll have to read it again in college or maybe they ll just try reading it again as an adult to see if they can try to figure out why it s such a classic but after some time has passed from their initial encounter with the novel they will find that I am not so crazy after all and that the book is in fact one of the best examples if not the best example of the novel This happens to me all the time I will re read something I was forced to read in middle school and high school remembering how much I hated it then and will find that I actually love it now as an adult Sure those classics may have taught me something about literary analysis symbolic patterns and the like but I couldn t appreciate it for its complexity until I was older I guess the rule of wine appreciation applies he. 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”. ,