Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Signet Classics


Category: England

Page: 534

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One of the finest novels by iconic British author Charles Dickens, this Victorian tale follows the good-natured orphan Pip as he makes his way through life. As a boy, Pip crosses paths with a convict named Magwitch, a man who will heavily influence Pip’s adulthood. Meanwhile, the earnest young man falls for the beautiful Estella, the adoptive daughter of the affluent and eccentric Miss Havisham. Widely considered to be Dickens's last great book, the story is steeped in romance and features the writer's familiar themes of crime, punishment, and societal struggle.

A Great Expectations in Plain and Simple English (Includes Study Guide, Complete Unabridged Book, Historical Context, Biography

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621073513

Category: Reference

Page: 460

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Great Expectations is epic! Hundreds of pages, dozens of characters and settings--it's easy to lose track of things. Let BookCaps help with this comprehensive annotated study guide that is complete with character profiles (with pronunciations for names harder to pronounce), chapter summaries, analysis of themes, historical context, and much more! This annotated edition includes the original book with a comprehensive study guide and biography about the life and times of Charles Dickens. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Great Expectations (Illustrated)

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Top Five Books LLC

ISBN: 0978927087

Category: Fiction

Page: 572

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This Top Five Classics edition of Great Expectations Includes: • More than 30 b&w and color illustrations by Marcus Stone, F.A. Fraser, John McLenan, F.O.C. Darley, and others • Dickens’s original ending, included as an addendum at the end of the book • A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentleman. Pip, the story’s narrator, takes us through his early life—from his brush with an escaped convict on the marshes of southeast England to his exposure to genteel society through the warped old Miss Havisham and her icy protégé, the alluring young Estella. Apprenticed to the blacksmith, the tender-hearted Joe, Pip’s fortunes change dramatically thanks to a mysterious benefactor, and he must figure out what is real and what is false as he navigates his new world, while never quite escaping his old. Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, Great Expectations will transport you, move you, and stay with you forever. Beautifully yet simply formatted, carefully edited, and featuring more than 30 illustrations from the artists who realized the first serialized chapters and many of the early book editions of Great Expectations, this is the definitive digital version of the Dickens classic.

Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

A Dramatization

Author: Robert Johanson

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 9780871293558

Category: England

Page: 125

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"Great Expectations" is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens's most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped Dickens's searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class.

Great Expectations - Ober - Level 7

Author: N.A

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125022992


Page: 152

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Great Expectations (1861), one of Dickens s later novels is more mature and serious than his earlier works and less harsh and critical of Victorian society that Dickens is known to caricature. This novel, whose hero Pip is an orphan, reads more like a detective story. The story opens with little Pip meeting an escaped convict in the churchyard on a cold December evening in an almost surreal setting. As the story unfolds, we find Pip asked to wait upon a strange old lady, Miss Havisham, and becoming infatuated with her beautiful ward, Estella. Soon thereafter, Pip inherits a handsome property left to him by an unknown benefactor. He leaves for London, soon forgets his childhood friends and leads a life of leisure. After Pip s twenty-fifth birthday, his benefactor makes himself known and Pip realises the irony of his good fortune. With the unravelling of his own position, Pip grows in moral stature. Great Expectations is the story of Pip s coming of age.

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations

A Cultural Life, 1860–2012

Author: Mary Hammond

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317168259

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Great Expectations has had a long, active and sometimes surprising life since its first serialized appearance in All the Year Round between 1 December 1860 and 3 August 1861. In this new publishing and reception history, Mary Hammond demonstrates that while Dickens’s thirteenth novel can tell us a great deal about the dynamic mid-Victorian moment into which it was born, its afterlife beyond the nineteenth-century Anglophone world reveals the full extent of its versatility. Re-assessing generations of Dickens scholarship and using newly discovered archival material, Hammond covers the formative history of Great Expectations' early years, analyses the extent and significance of its global reach, and explores the ways in which it has functioned as literature and stage, TV, film and radio drama from its first appearance to the latest film version of 2012. Appendices include contemporary reviews and comprehensive bibliographies of adaptations and translations. The book is a rich resource for scholars and students of Dickens; of comparative literature; and of publishing, readership, and media history.

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Author: Anny Sadrin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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This is an illuminating critical study of one of Dickens's best known novels. It focuses on the historical background of criminality and gentility, on the ambiguity of the position of Pip, the narrator-hero, and the theatricality of Miss Havisham. Great Expectations is seen as Dickens's most self-parodic novel, a novel on novel writing. Anny Sadrin analyses Dickens's processes of composition, casts new light on the cancelled ending and on the possible reasons why lie agreed to rewrite his conclusion and provides fresh evidence for dating the fictitious events precisely. She explores the evolution of the idea of the gentleman in the novel and of the changing attitudes to convicts and to Australia from the Regency period, when the novel is set, to 1860, when the novel is supposed to bc narrated and indeed when it was actually written. Central chapters focus on the status of Pip as a would-be gentleman, a modern Oedipus clinging to old-fashioned values and always searching for a fatherly protector, and above all as a Bildungsroman hero who believes lie belongs to a fairy-tale. Dickens's strategy of first-person narration is fully discussed and a study of rhetoric and narrative voices reveals that much of the story is told through Pip rather than by him. The section conclude8 with a chapter devoted to the theatricality of Miss Havisham's seclusion and melancholia and to an exploration of major themes in the novel, including narcissism, fetichism, cannibalism, and miscreativity. The book ends with a comprehensive survey of criticism of Great Expectations from its first publication and a bibliography.

Understanding Great Expectations

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Author: George Newlin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313299407

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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After 140 years, Great Expectations is still one of the West's most admired, read and studied works of fiction. This casebook of primary documents, collateral readings and essays brings to life both Dickens' masterpiece and the social issues reflected in it. Newlin has collected significant primary sources on the question, "What is a `Gentleman'?" and on the dilemma of Victorian women, supplying extracts from the writings of Lord Chesterfield, Anthony Trollope, and Harold Laski, as well as long passages from Mary Wollstonecraft's 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and John Stuart Mill's 1861 The Subjection of Women. The work also covers blacksmithing and crime and punishment in early 19th century England, the transportation of convicts, and the state of the London theatre during the period. There are first-hand accounts of life on prison ships and the travails and opportunities facing transportees in Australia. Essays and original matrials on class distinctions, with demographic data from the 1812 Census, and on the feminist movement, point up the socioeconomic hierarchies and strata that characterized the early Industrial Revolution and subsequent Victorian socieity. Other documents depict physical settings such as the Marsh County and the Thames, and Bow Street in London. This collection of sources will help broaden students' understanding of Great Expectations and places it within its historical context.

Great Expectations (MAXNotes Literature Guides)

Author: Judy Clamon

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738673042

Category: Study Aids

Page: 182

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REA's MAXnotes for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations The MAXnotes offers a comprehensive summary and analysis of Great Expectations and a biography of Charles Dickens. Places the events of the novel in historical context and discusses each section in detail. Includes study questions and answers along with topics for papers and sample outlines.

Dickens's Great Expectations

Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella

Author: Jerome Meckier

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813159148

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's novels. Here, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He periodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairy tales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairy tale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.

"Great expectations", Charles Dickens


Author: Nigel Messenger,Charles Dickens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780582329157

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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Key Features of this text: Study methods Introduction to the text Summaries with critical notes Themes and techniques Textual analysis of key passages Author biography Historical and literary background Modern and historical critical approaches Chronology Glossary of literary terms

Great Expectations

Author: Neil Bartlett

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781840027266

Category: Drama

Page: 90

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Stage adaptation of a Dickens novel by an accomplished director

The Manuscript of Great Expectations

From the Townshend Collection, Wisbech

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108034403

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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The novels of Charles Dickens (1812–70), with their inimitable energy and their comic, tragic and grotesque characters, are still widely read, and reworked for film and television. Dickens himself had the original manuscripts of his works bound and presented them to his friends. That of Great Expectations was given to Chauncy Hare Townshend, with whom Dickens shared an interest in mesmerism and the occult. Townshend bequeathed his library (including the manuscript), together with collections of paintings and objects, to the Wisbech and Fenland Museum in 1868. The manuscript has been newly photographed and is here reproduced in colour and at actual size. The Cambridge Library Collection is also reissuing the serialised version of Great Expectations (1860–1) and the first book edition (1861, in three volumes). Dickens scholars and enthusiasts can now study the work-in-progress, with all its deletions and revisions, alongside the first two published versions.

Great Expectations as a Bildungsroman

Author: Matthias Schmid

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638741389

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 20

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, where this quotation is taken from, is unanimously regarded as the prototype of the Bildungsroman by literary scholars. In the following paper I am going to concentrate on the English Bildungsroman exclusively by analysing Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, a representative novel of the Victorian Bildungsroman. A Bildungsroman in general describes the life of the protagonist “as a process of movement and adjustment from childhood to early maturity” and “as a growing up and gradual self-discovery in the school-without-walls that is experience.” The plot of a typical English Bildungsroman can usually be divided into three stages in the hero’s development: childhood, youth and maturity. During his first stage of development the protagonist, often an orphaned child, grows up contentedly in the country or in a provincial town. The experience of his first schooling, however, makes him unsatisfied with his lot. Driven by deficiencies and lack of options he sets out to seek his fortune in a cosmopolitan city which in almost all cases is London. This applies to the Victorian age in particular, when the British Empire was at the height of its political and colonial power with its centre in London. The journey from rural environment to the city initiates the second stage, where the hero’s real education begins. He often is increasingly alienated from his childhood friends and persons of trust and experiences urban life. There he is involved in exalting and debasing love affairs. An additional typical theme of the Victorian Bildungsroman is the making of a gentleman. Only by reappraising his values can he enter upon his final stage of maturity. He then returns home to his place of origin to demonstrate the degree of his success or failure. There are numerous facets to this general description of the hero’s life. A thorough analysis of Great Expectations will reveal the most important and most striking aspects of the genre. I am not going to make this distinction, because in the context of English literature these categories are far less rigid. Deriving its roots from Germany the Bildungsroman first came into being in England during the Age of Enlightenment. The victorious hero of the English Bildungsroman of the 18th century generally experienced a life “(...) of success, of obstacles overcome, of safety and prosperity reached.”

The Companion to Great Expectations

Author: David Paroissien

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 506

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Paroissien draws on a range of 19th century sources to illustrate the late Georgian and mid-Victorian contexts of Dickens' novel. Annotations identify allusions to current events and intellectual and religious issues, and supplies information on topography, social customs, costume, furniture, transportation, and so on.

Great Expectations

Author: Keith West

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780174326687

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

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This script is an enterprising adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that begins in the English coastal marshes and features the famous Pip and Estella, Miss Haversham and Magwitch. Dramascripts is an outstanding series of playscripts that are ideal for mixed class reading and performance. This extensive series of scripts encourages students to explore language and a variety of dramatic genres including myths and legends, classic Shakespeare, adventure, thriller, romance and more. Each edition provides guidance and activities alongside the text.

Great Expectations

Imagination and Anticipation in Tourism

Author: Jonathan Skinner,Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857452789

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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The negotiation of expectations in tourism is a complex and dynamic process – one that is central to the imagination of cultural difference. Expectations not only affect the lives and experiences of tourists, but also their hosts, and play an important part in the success or failure of the overall tourism experience. It is for this reason, the authors argue, that special attention should be given to how expectations constitute and sustain tourism. The case studies presented here explore what fuels the desires to visit particular places, to what degree expectations inform the experience of the place, and the frequent disjunctions between tourist expectations and experiences. Careful attention is paid to how the imagination of the visitor inspires the imagination of the host, and vice-versa; how tourists and host communities actively imagine, re-imagine, and shape each other's lives. This realization, has profound consequences, not solely for academic analysis, but for all those who participate in and work within the tourism industry.