Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

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Beloved author Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. Growing up in a life of poverty, his childhood hardships provided the inspiration to write a myriad of classic novels including his 1861 seminole masterpiece, Great Expectations (“BBC History - Charles Dickens”). Great Expectations follows the life of an orphan named Pip, who’s perspective of the world is altered when he is attacked by an escaped convict in his parents’ graveyard in the town of Kent. Throughout his mission to propel himself up the social classes, Pip meets a slew of individuals who both aid and hamper his journey of self improvement. Pip finds that throughout the course of his quest for life enhancement, his expectations of happiness and social classes wildly differ from that of his future reality (Moore). Throughout the novel, Dickens expands on his overarching theme of love, affection, and family versus wealth, class, and materialism — a theme that Pip will eventually learn in a difficult manner. Using literary devices such as imagery, foreshadowing, and symbolism, Dickens explains a variety of themes and motifs to tie into and fully support his overarching theme along with the addition of symbols, adding to the reader’s clarity of the novel and emphasis of the overarching theme. ("Great Expectations - Two Historical Moments”). Dickens’ use of vivid imagery greatly helps the reader to fully understand the points and themes he is trying to relay. Whether it be the the

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