Analysis of Great Expectations

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The settings of Great Expectations are Pip’s homes, one home that he lives in during his childhood in Kent, England, and the other that he lives in when he is grown in London, England. Social status was a big deal in the mid-nineteenth century. The rich were highly respected and liked by all, and the poor were treated unkindly and were sometimes made fun of. The rich could have any job that they liked, but the poor would almost always take over the job that their father had. The narrator of Great Expectations is Pip. If the novel were narrated from any other point of view, it would not have the same effect as it does now. The protagonist of Great Expectations is Pip. At the beginning of the novel, Pip (whose real name is Phillip Pirrip) …show more content…
There are many symbols in Great Expectations. The one that caught my eye the most was the stopped clocks in Miss Havisham’s house. She wants to stop time because that’s when she was going to get married. On page 44, Pip noticed this: “I took note of the surrounding objects in detail, and saw that her watch was stopped at twenty minutes to nine, and a clock in the room had been stopped at twenty minutes to nine.” The Satis House represents how much Pip wanted to be an upper-classman gentleman. When Pip was inside of the house, he shared with the reader, “This was very uncomfortable, and I was half afraid.” The last symbol would be Joe representing Pip’s conscience, because Joe was so kind to Pip. For example, when Mrs. Joe would shriek at Pip, “Joe offered me more gravy.” Pip was always being pushed around by grown-ups. He was forced to bring a man food. He was in love with Estella, who was mean to him and made fun of him. Pip was forced to work with Joe and another cruel man named Orlick. His sister, with whom he was living with, was attacked one day, but no one knew who it was. Pip moved to London and met Herbert Pocket and became friends with him. Pip met the man who forced him to bring food one day. The man, named Abel Magwitch, revealed that he was Pip’s secret benefactor. Pip gets a note one day to go to the marshes. He does, and Orlick was there, informing Pip that it was he that had killed Mrs. Joe. When Herbert comes and tries to catch Orlick, he