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    Hi, all .
    I have done this topic two years ago before graduating from University.
    English people, the topic has been written by me as an assignment.
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    Introduction : The novel (Great Expectation) instinct of crucial events , strange incidents , depicting the lifestyle in English society , revealing some political affairs , specially the daily life for everyone who faces different sorts of problems and obstacles .

    The following questions show how English society was :
    (*)Question of classes : In Great Expectation by Charles Dickens , Estella is from a wealthy class while Pip is from a low class . it is evident that there is such of contineous conflict exhibited by Estella towards Pip . She sometimes contemns him . When Miss Havisham asks her to play with Pip she says : (With this boy ! Why, he is a common laboring-boy!) . This means that he is from a low class and being from high class , Estella wonders . While they are playing cards , she says with disdain : (!He calls the knaves , Jacks) . She wants to embarrass him that he is not educated. Estella continually dashes his morals before the game is over and discloses: (And what coarse hands he has ! And what thick boots!) . She insults him by looking at him with a look of supreme aversion. Estella gives Pip some bread and meat without looking at him as insolently as if he were a dog . Estella slaps Pip for he has told Miss Havisham that she is insulting and saying to him :(You little coarse monster) . Pip is influenced by these things and has insisted to become a gentleman .
    (*) Question of Education: this aspect has been touched upon in Great Expectation. For example, We find that Pip , Joe Gargery and Miss Estella are illiterate . Pip has tried to improve his knowledge at an evening school . He is keen to learn how to read and write . Mr. Joe Gargery has been taught reading and writing by Pip . Any village or town that has no teaching schools or does it have vocational one, it must have analphabets. Miss.Estella has been sent to London for learning to become an educated lady. This certainly insinuates that schools are available only in big cities. Dickens hopes to have a number of educational schools and professional ones in all corners of London. Moreover, Dickens wishes to have some kindergarten schools constituted for teaching moppets as Pip . Pip has not joined any vocational school nor has he learnt at teaching one . However, when he has been residing at Mrs.Joe , he has perceived that he is unable to do any work unless he has much training so , he is forcibly obliged to become an apprentice at the forge of Mr.Joe Gargery to get experienced . It is accepted that , By education , English society tries to bridge the gap among classes : the aristocratic , middle and working
    (*) Question of poverty: It is generally accepted that Charles Dickens must have touched upon poverty since he has been suffering from in his childhood . Pip as an orphaned poor boy seeks money so as to live his own life . He has to live with his coarse sister and her large-hearted husband . Once , he is asked by Mr.pumplechook to go to Miss Havisham so, he is pleased on the chance that he may have some pennies . Miss Havisham commands him to play cards with Estella who detests and embarrasses him in sight of Miss Havisham. He is shocked of Estella and insists not to come over again to Manor house of Havisham . At length , he is given his postponed wages by Miss Havisham when he is about to be an apprentice for Mr. Joe Gargery . Signing his indenture with Joe , blacksmith , Pip starts a new life enduring the flames of fire so that he may have such delayed wages . He is sometimes asked by some of his neighbors to scare the birds off their corn fields or sent on an errand to carry and bring something. He is forcibly obliged to accept any work to do , though he does perceive that he is going to be cruelly treated by the master . Why? Well , it is evident that poverty has been forcing him more and more . Dickens tries to expose and state that this problem prevails in English society and even in the world . people should not read what is written only but they should recognize to what it refer

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    Feel free to comment on my comments. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayed
    Introduction : The novel (Great Expectation) instinct of crucial events , strange incidents , depicting the lifestyle in English society , revealing some political affairs , specially the daily life for everyone who faces different sorts of problems and obstacles .
    It is more conventional in such a case to bracket the title with commas.

    • The novel, Great Expectations, depicts the life of English society and illustrates a clash of classes--high versus low.


    You might also mention the era in which the novel is set. (It's not about English society today but English society more than 100 years ago.)

    I don't really know what is intended by instinct of crucial events. :?

    More later.

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    [quote="RonBee"]Feel free to comment on my comments. :)


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    The following questions show how English society was :
    Divided?

    (*)Question of classes : In Great Expectation by Charles Dickens , Estella is from a wealthy class while Pip is from a low class . it is evident that there is such of contineous conflict exhibited by Estella towards Pip .
    Say either that Estella exhibits hostility towards Pip or that there is conflict between them.

    She sometimes contemns him . When Miss Havisham asks her to play with Pip she says : (With this boy ! Why, he is a common laboring-boy!) .
    I don't know why you put that in parentheses, since you should have put it in quotes, as it is dialog.

    This means that he is from a low class and being from high class , Estella wonders .
    Estella wonders what? Wonder must take an object, explicit or implied.

    She wants to embarrass him that he is not educated.
    Try:
    • She wants to embarrass him about his lack of education.


    Estella continually dashes his morals before the game is over and discloses: (And what coarse hands he has ! And what thick boots!) .
    I am not sure what dashes his morals The word discloses doesn't fit there. Perhaps declaims would be a good choice.

    Estella gives Pip some bread and meat without looking at him as insolently as if he were a dog .
    Instead of without, do you mean while?

    Estella slaps Pip for he has told Miss Havisham that she is insulting and saying to him :(You little coarse monster) . Pip is influenced by these things and has insisted to become a gentleman .
    • Estella slaps Pip for yelling Miss Havisham that she is insulting, and she says to him: "You little coarse monster!" Pip is influenced by these things and decideds to become a gentleman.

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    Default Why "Great Expectations"???

    Hello everyone!

    I would like to know what does it mean exactly "Great Exectations" and why has Dickens chosen this title for his book.

    Thank you

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