Essay on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

'Great Expectations' was written by Charles Dickens in 1861. 'Great Expectations' is a coming of age story that revolves around the life of one man Pip. From the time he was seven years old until he was in the mid thirties, Pip shows us the important events in his life that shaped who he became. Along the way, he enquires many different acquaintances and friends that influence him in his decisions and goals in his life. 'Great Expectations' is a story that the public can relate to because at some point, everyone goes through the struggles that Pip must battle. It shows that possessions and wealth do not change who people are inside, and that finding one's self
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These kind of prisons came to be workhouses for people who had lost all their belongings. This painful experience would have stayed in Charles's mind for the rest of his life. 'Great Expectations' is a harsh criticism on the British Legal and Penal system as well as on the Victorian Society. By reading the novel the reader becomes aware of the Victorian unfair Justice regarding poor people but advantageous towards the rich and educated middle class.

Crime and Punishment is an important theme in Great Expectations and Dickens uses the character of Magwitch to highlight his concerns with the criminal Justice system. Magwitch, frightens Pip at first because he is a convict and Pip feels guilty for helping him because he is afraid of the police. By the end of the novel, however Pip has discovered Magwitch's inner nobility, and is able to disregard his external status as a criminal. Prompted by his conscience, he helps Magwitch to evade the law and the police. As Pip has learned to trust his conscience and to value Magwitch's inner character, he has replaced an external standard of value with an internal value. The character Magwitch is not only powerful in itself but it shows us what Dickens thought about crime. Dickens was trying to find the good in even the darkest of characters.

In chapter one, Dickens uses metaphors and similes to describe the setting and
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