Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens utilizes his life for inspiration for the protagonist Pip in his novel Great Expectations. They both struggle with their social standing. Dickens loved plays and theatre and therefore incorporated them into Pip’s life. Dickens died happy in the middle class and Pip died happy in the middle class. The connection Dickens makes with his life to Pip’s life is undeniable. If readers understand Dickens and his upbringing then readers can understand how and why he created Pip’s upbringing. Charles Dickens’ life, full of highs and lows, mirrors that of Pip’s life. Their lives began the same and ended the same. To understand the difficulty of Dickens’ childhood is to understand why his writing focuses on the English social…show more content…
It wasn’t just friction anymore, there was an intense fire burning. Dickens returned the insults through a character in an new novel, Mrs. Gamp. His resentment was expressed in harsh humor as Mrs. Gamp was a brutalized victim of society. As a result of the unsophisticated public fighting Dickens’ publishers reduced his year off salary (Swisher). Dickens’ personal life is not to be forgotten. He married Catherine Hogarth, his co-worker’s daughter, in 1836. Together they had ten kids but separated in 1858 after he slept with her sister (“Biography of”). However, while they were happily married Dickens made a point to fill his home with daily pranks and practical jokes. In 1836 he started getting his family together and performing plays for friends in his home. Each year the plays became more elaborate and finally they started offering them to the public; all profits were donated to charities (Swisher). Dickens had a pet raven he named Grip. When Grip died in 1841 Dickens stuffed the bird to keep him around. He also had a secret study (Carswell). The door was painted and made to look like a bookcase. By 1852 his plays were so big he was able to perform for Queen Victoria and all profit went to the Guild of Literature and Art (Swisher). The 60’s were difficult for Dickens and his health began to decline. His public readings were profitable but extremely exhausting physically. He lost his mother and son in 1863
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