Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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Commonly, a novel is either a plot driven novel, a character driven novel, or a mix of the two. In order for a novel to be character driven, it must revolve more around the characters’ individual thoughts, feelings, and inner struggles, rather than around the quest of the story. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, is a character driven novel. While the story does have a plot, it is not contingent upon that plot, but rather is reliant upon its characters and their natures. This is evident from the beginning of the novel. From the opening of the novel, it is clear that it is character driven. It opens with an introduction to the main protagonist, Pip, who is a complex character that faces much internal conflict during his development. The reader learns of Pip’s past and present conditions as well as his internal struggle. Pip best describes it later as, “Scattered wits take a long time picking up, and often, before I had got them well together, they would be dispersed in all directions by one stray thought,…” (Dickens 103). It is common for character driven novels to open in such a way where character description comes before plot description. This implies to the reader that the characters are foundational ideas behind the story. Dickens created many characters, and the fact that they are all highly developed indicates character drive. The lives of the different individuals are very intertwined, so that their interactions impact their character development. As Pip

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