Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Date Added: 2001-01-31
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By Denise on August 15, 2010
Dickens always has the power to touch what is human in us all. Always touches my heart, and usually brings a few tears.
By on February 18, 2009
Let's be honest: if you are reading this book for your English class, you will hate it. It has a tendency to be overanalyzed, but should, as all of Dickens's novels, be read for the light and warmhearted story it is. Great Expectations is a story about growing up, and about transcending a so-called 'low' birth to become (of course) a gentleman.
By mimi on January 12, 2008
Great Expectations was one of my most fave books. It was really fun to read and really thrilling. It taught me a lesson and two. I finished reading the book in just one day...I really liked the twists and the surprises in the story. Definitely, a must read!
By Jonathan Swartz on April 22, 2007
Charles Dickenís Great Expectations is an outstanding, classic, fictional novel which recounts the narrative of Philip Pirrip, a young boy who over the course of the novel transforms into a gentleman with the help of a secret benefactor, while struggling through battles of his morality and love on the way. Great Expectations is a prime example for an excellent novel; the novel contains suspense, love, mystery, and excellent diction, in addition it conveys a lesson relevant to mid-nineteenth century England and even modern day. First of all, this book is hard to put down, due to the fact that Dickenís has a great ability to weave in imagery throughout the novel to illustrate a descriptive image in oneís mind of characters and setting. I agree with the July 20, 1861 edition of the Spectator: Dickenís ability to portray the essence of human character in the poor characters is far surpassed in excellence than his ability to portray the wealthy in his novel. I believe that this is due to the fact that Charles Dickens was raised in indigence, and can therefore convey his life experiences of poverty to his fictional charactersí lives. Also, the untruth and improbability in all the incidents and characters obliterates the novel to some extent. Although there are a number of flaws in the novel, the lesson extracted from this novel is incredibly ethical; although there were prejudgments in nineteenth century England (and even today): the poor are immoral, uneducated people, Dickens, through his principled characters, exemplifies that wealth does not constitute moral standing. In addition, Pipís struggle to win over Estellaís love, throughout the novel, leaves the reader captivated to Dickenís work of fiction out of curiosity. Finally, as a result of the ambiguity at the novelís end, Dickens allows the reader to ponder numerous questions, leaving the reader in a state of suspense and mystery. Even though there are some flaws in this book, Charles Dickenís novel sill defines a great work of English literature. The figurative language and moral lessons which are intertwined together to form Great Expectation, makes this novel superior and worth while to read.
By Aaron on April 20, 2006
I thought that this book was hard to get into, and was not very good. If I was not forced to read it by my English teacher, I most definately would not have read it.
By Joe Wertfort on November 9, 2005
I belive that this book is one of the best books that I have ever read. This book is very suspenseful and you won't want to put it down till you are finished it. I would recommend it to anyone who loves great literature