Essay on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations in 1860-1861 when he was in
London. It is set in the mid nineteenth century, in Kent, and London.
The basic plot of Great Expectations is:

Pip, a young orphan living with his sister and her husband in the marshes of Kent, sits in a cemetery one evening looking at his parents' tombstones. Suddenly, an escaped convict springs up from behind a tombstone, grabs Pip, and orders him to bring him food and a file for his leg irons. Pip obeys, but the fearsome convict is soon captured anyway. The convict protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the items himself. One day his uncle takes him to Miss Havishams house to play. A few years later he is
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The original ending had Pip and Estella meeting outside miss Havishams talking a while and then going there separate ways. Dickens based some of the book on his own experiences; apart from David Copperfield this story is the most autobiographical book he wrote.

I will now compare the different circumstances of the two main characters two chapters:

In chapter 1 we see Pip as a young boy visiting his parents graves. He is small and frightened by the convict. He is terrified by what the convict says will happen to him if he doesn't do what the convict wants. "`You get me a file.' He tilted me again. `And you get me wittles.' He tilted me again. `You bring 'em both to me.' He tilted me again. `Or
I'll have your heart and liver out.' He tilted me again."

The convict has escaped from prison and is hiding in the graveyard where Pip is. He was dressed in "all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head." He was covered in mud and was soaked in water. "A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin." He was desperate for food and would do anything to get some.

In chapter 39 we see Pip when he is 23 years old, living in London thanks to a secret
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