Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

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Report on the Major Points and Themes of Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations
Kimberly Buttiġieġ
May 2rd

The major genre of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is gothic fiction. An event in the novel that relates to this genre is Pip’s narration when he is horrified to learn that Magwitch is his benefactor, who he formerly thought to be Miss Havisham. He says, “The imaginary student pursued by the misshapen creature he had impiously made, was not more wretched than I, pursued by the creature who had made me, and recoiling from him with a stronger repulsion, the more he admired me and the fonder he was of me” (600). This shows the horror genre reoccurring throughout the novel, which arguably begins with the descriptions of Magwitch in the cemetery, when Pip says Magwitch “looked into [his] young eyes as if he were eluding the hands of the dead people, stretching up cautiously out of their graves, to get a twist upon his ankle and pull him in” (8).
The novel is set in Victorian England, specifically the early 19th century, a time when social changes were happening through the nation. Although one’s worth was no longer entirely dependent on the circumstances of their social class and economic liberties, the divide between rich and poor remained. More and more people moved from the suburbs to the city in search of greater economic opportunity. Throughout England, the manners of the upper class were very strict and conservative:…
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