Great Expectations by Charles DickensIn what may be Dickenss best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of great expectations. In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.
Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel: a bildungsroman that depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield , to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to midth century  and contains some of Dickens's most memorable scenes, including the opening in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham , the beautiful but cold Estella , and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. On Christmas Eve, around ,  Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings.
Great Expectations begins when a boy named Pip encounters an escaped convict in a graveyard. I have put a child and a good-natured foolish man, in relations that seem to me very funny. Dickens started Great Expectations in October , not long after separating from Catherine, his wife of 22 years and the mother of his ten children. All this was on his mind as he started to write. Dickens became smitten withyear-old Ellen Ternan when he hired her to perform in the play The Frozen Deep. While Ellen seems to have resisted Dickens's advances at first, she eventually became his mistress. She is dressed entirely in white, with a ghastly white plaiting round her head and face, inside her white bonnet
Great Expectations , novel by Charles Dickens , first published serially in All the Year Round in —61 and issued in book form in It chronicles the coming of age of the orphan Pip while also addressing such issues as social class and human worth. Pip Philip Pirrip narrates the tale from an unspecified time in the future. He grows up in the marshlands of Kent, where he lives with his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. Pip brings him food and a file, but the fugitive and Compeyson—his former partner in crime and a supposed gentleman who is now his enemy—are soon caught. Living with Miss Havisham at Satis House is her adopted daughter, Estella, whom she is teaching to torment men with her beauty.
Dickens is remembered as one of the most important and influential writers of the 19th century. Among his accomplishments, he has been lauded for providing a stark portrait of the Victorian-era underclass, helping to bring about social change. The famed British author was the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a naval clerk who dreamed of striking it rich. Charles' mother, Elizabeth Barrow, aspired to be a teacher and school director. Nevertheless, they were happy in the early days.
Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Philip Pirrip "Pip". The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round , from 1 December to August It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mid 19th century. From the outset, the reader is "treated" by the terrifying encounter between Pip, the protagonist , and the escaped convict , Abel Magwitch. Regardless of its narrative technique, the novel reflects the events of the time, Dickens' concerns, and the relationship between society and man. Dickens felt Great Expectations was his best work, calling it "a very fine idea,"  and was very sensitive to compliments from his friends: "Bulwer, who has been, as I think you know, extraordinarily taken by the book.