Mini Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Publication Date: 1861
Publisher: ?
Format: Library
Page Count: 505
Synopsis: In what may be Dickens’s 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.


I will be mentioning John Green a couple times because somehow, this book reminded me of him 

Well I wasn’t expecting to like this.

I know I’m sorry for the lame pun.

As a person who had to read this for my literature class, this book was quite enjoyable. Yes it was a bit predictable, but I liked the messages that Dickens was trying to convey. Some was the obvious ones such as ” Money can’t truly buy happiness.” The main character, Pip, only had 2 dreams: 1. Become a gentleman and make an ample amount of money. 2. Win the heart of Estella. He got his first dream(because of a noble character) but he wasn’t as happy as he thought he would have been (not really a spoiler so don’t worry). His second dream, well I guess you just have to read the book.

Another message was that “What goes around, comes around.” This message came apparent to me near the middle and end. Lets just say that some characters got what they deserved.

Pip was one of those characters that you like in the beginning, but hated in the rest of the novel. He almost reflects the main character in Paper Towns. It was fun learning about the other characters and learning about each of their motives.

I’m doing my best not to spoil anything because there are some things you may not expect. However, I expected most  of it (only a couple things surprised me).

My teacher made us closely analyze everything in the novel. To the plot, setting, motives, themes, literary devices, and even the names of the characters. Dickens must of carefully wrote this novel because everything had a meaning(Kinda crazy, almost like the 19th century John Green…though Dickens is much better imo).

A surprisingly good, easy to read classic. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read about a common boy who dreams of being rich and who obsesses over a wealthy girl.


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