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GREAT EXPECTATIONS!

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Clayton Lowell

on 26 March 2010

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens "It is a most miserable thing to be ashamed of home. There may be black ingratitude to the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but, that is a miserable thing, I can testify. Home had never been a very pleasant place to me, because of my sister's temper. But, Joe had sanctified it, and I had believed in it." (Dickens, 101) This is my favorite passage because it describes and internal battle that Pip is having. He loves Joe, but he cannot stand to face where he came from. I love the way that Dickens worded Pip's feelings here Elate: to make happy "I liked this scheme, and Provis was quite ELATED by it." (Dickens, 352) "I was ELATED when I saw the new car in the driveway." Abel Magwitch is a man who has made some bad decisions in his life, but regrets them. His ex Molly took away his daughter when she was little, and he was heartbroken and continues to think about his daughter, Estella, everyday. If you aspire to be loved by many, then you lose the ones who truly loved you. In Stage 1 Joe says, "But if you think as money can make compensation to me for the loss of the little child-what come to the forge-and ever the best of friends!" (Dickens, 133) In Stage 2 he says, "If there's been any fault at all today, it's mine. You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends." (Dickens, 210) Again in Stage 2, Biddy says, "Are you quite sure, then, that you WILL come to see him often?" (Dickens, 267) In Stage 3, Pip said, "O Joe, you break my heart! Look angry at me, Joe. Strike me Joe. Tell me of my ingratitude. Don't be so good to me!" These quotes show the theme because it explains the person that Pip was before, during, and after his life as a spoiled gentleman. He finally sees the error in his ways and decides to change the way he has been treating Joe and the other people that he loves. In my opinion, the candle that Estella uses at Miss Havisham's is a very important symbol. I believe that it symbolizes the love that Pip has for Estella. It also symbolizes what Pip's life was like before he became rich and then when he left for London, the light of the candle goes out. One of the many values that this book portrays is not to lie. For example, Pip lied to Joe about his time at Miss Havisham's and felt horrible about it so he confessed. So if someone is caught up in a lie, the author believes that that person should fess up. "I stood with my lamp held out over the stair-rail, and he came slowly within its light. It was a shaded lamp, to shine upon a book, and its circle of light was very contracted; so that he was in it for a mere instant, and then out of it." This occurs when the convict goes to tell Pip that he is actually hie benefactor. This setting is important to the scene because it gives a downcast feel to the whole thing. If I was compared to to any character, I think it would be Joe Gargery. I like to think that I am a pretty down to earth kind of guy, and I think Joe is that way. Also Joe is physically strong and is a very patient man, and I am the same way. We are different in the way we talk, and I might be more well-mannered than he is. He also has a wife and he is more soft spoken that I am, which can be a good thing. A connection that can be made with Great Expectations is the feelings that people have towards home. In everyone's life, including my own, our families can embarass us. This leads us to dread going home and these are the same feelings that Pip feels throughout the entire book. I think that it is very cool that a book written 150 years ago can still have such a similarity to our life today. Favorite Passage Favorite Character Values & Ethics Imagery Symbol Theme!
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