Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

1942 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Destructive revenge is never justified. Unfortunately for Miss Havisham, this realization does not occur until near the end of Charles Dickens ' novel, Great Expectations. Although Miss Havisham 's desire for revenge is understandable and natural, it conflicts with her moral maternal obligations in raising her adopted child, and now almost two centuries later, through psychoanalytical analysis, her narcissistic history may be seen as forewarning of the generations to come.
Great Expectations is a classic, about Pip, an orphan boy, and his extraordinary journey through life. He encounters an eccentric, older woman (Miss Havisham) whom wishes to make him a gentleman. Little does Pip know, he is just a pawn in her and her adopted daughter’s, Estella’s, game. Pip’s love for Estella leads him to try and make a gentleman of himself, someone worthy of Estella’s affection, even though she treats him coldly. Along his journey, he meets an ex-convict, Magwitch, who also leads Pip to believe his (Magwitch’s) actions are for the better of Pip. With twist upon twist, and various coincidental “small world” experiences and revelations, Great Expectations has one surprised every other chapter. This novel touches upon money, class, revenge, and love. These two self-serving adults turn Pip’s world upside down in attempts to manipulate the events in his life. Pip is led to expect a lot out of life, only for almost nothing to go as planned. Pip 's first impression of Miss Havisham was that she…
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