Great Expectations

Charles Dickens
Aug 23, 2018

Pip is a young boy who lives with his older sister since both of his parents died. He is raised in a depressing and abusive manner, but seems to rub it off quite well. He has high hopes of becoming a rich gentleman and living in London, but his dreams are all crushed as his sisters husband (Joe) is only a blacksmith, and Pip by law needs to follow in his steps. This all changes when one of the most unexpected characters sponsors him, and pays for his journey to become a gentleman.

Although this book has some suspenseful and interesting chapters, the bulk of it is quite filler. Since the book is over 500 pages, lots of it is spent on specific details on minute subjects. This only confuses the reader, and made it very challenging for me to follow it. Another factor hardening the reading process is its language. The book was written in the 1800's containing phrases of speech not used anymore.

This book is strictly for high school students and older. This is because its old language is hard to comprehend, and requires lots of background in English. People who have read and enjoyed Oliver Twist, may have the same thoughts about Great Expectations.


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