Great Expectations In the novel, “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens, there is a character named Mr. Jaggers. He is a very powerful lawyer, and does what he likes no matter where he is. We first encounter Mr. Jaggers at Miss Havisham's, but we don’t get much from that scene. At the Three Jolly Bargemen, Pip once again meets Mr. Jaggers. As Mr. Jaggers tells Pip of his inheritance of the great fortune, we learn that Mr. Jaggers thinks money is everything. “It was understood you want nothing for yourself, remember?” ... “‘But what,’ said Mr. Jaggers, swinging his purse, ‘what if it was in my instructions to make you a present, as compensation?’” (Page 174) This passage is from the conversation between Jaggers and Joe. After Jaggers informs Joe and Pip of his inheritance, Jaggers offers a monetary compensation. Joe declines twice, retorting that no ‘compensation’ could make up for the loss of Pip. Jaggers’ particular liking to money is no surprise, seeing that he is a lawyer afterall. When Pip first arrives at London, Jaggers is in court, winning over another trial. Pip enters his room, and it doesn’t leave a good impression of London. The office has gifts from Jaggers’ clients, and two of these are casts of faces. Pip adds that Jaggers’ office is very dreary, and it just adds to Pip’s early disliking of London. In chapter 24, Pip decides that he needs to buy some new furniture. He goes to Jaggers, asking for money for this purchase. Jaggers mocks Pip,
Great Expectations Summer Assignment
With that, she poured on me, like an eagle on a lamb, and my face was squeezed into wooden bowls in sinks, and my head was put under taps of water-butts, and I was soaped, and kneaded, and toweled, and thumped, and harrowed, and rasped, until I really was quite beside myself.
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sack-cloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest…
My Expectations for Second Semester
I have a lot of great expectations (see what I did there) for my second semester of this school year. One of my expectations is that I will have a semester of great productivity and being able to apply myself in all of subjects. In other words, I am going to strive being able to keep my 4.0 GPA for the remainder of this semester so that I can remain a strong contender for the class ranking. Another anticipation…
Father Figures in Great Expectations
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations tells the story of Pip's, the narrator, journey from
childhood to adulthood. Pip gains three father figures along his journy, and each of these characters
offers Pip an important aspect of being a father, but they also lack important parts. Joe Gargery, Pip's
brotherinlaw, Mr. Jaggers, Pip's guardian in London, and Abel Magwitch, Pip's benefactor, all act as
Pip's father figures.…
Great Expectations, like the majority of Charles Dickens' fiction, contains several autobiographical connotations that demonstrate the author's keen observational talents. Pip, the novel's protagonist, reflects Dickens' painful childhood memories of poverty and an imprisoned father. According to Robert Coles, "there was in this greatest of storytellers an unyielding attachment of sorts to his early social and moral experiences" (566). Complementing Dickens' childhood memories of crime and poverty…
developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved" whispered Helen Keller. Within Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, many characters experience suffering which in the long run helps them achieve great expectations. Pip, for example, almost goes through the whole story suffering in both physical and emotional ways. Joe and Mrs. Joe, Pip's sister and her husband, suffered through their whole…
Great Expectations criticizes the ambition of the working class to reach the level of wealth and education possessed by the elite, upper class by illustrating the magnitude to which Pip is manipulated by Magwitch to reach these objectives. Pip is convinced that he must abandon his family and any chance of simple success in order to fulfill the educational and societal requirements for this aspired quality of life. Magwitch, a narcissist, wants to demonstrate his viability by using the…
Honors English 10
February 21, 2014
Holden vs. Pip
J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations both rank in the list of most famous and most read classical novels. Both being bildungsroman and having a young man as the protagonist they share similar coming of age, misfit qualities. In contrast, the attitude given of from Salinger’s Holden is more appealing, rather than Dickens’ Pip. While both are coming of age novels, The Catcher in…
Great Expectations is filled with many passages that contribute heavily to the book. Many people don't realize that the content is just as important as the actual story line. Things such as characters and passages with meaning help make the book enjoyable and in-depth. Here are a few of the passages that make Great Expectations such a great, powerful book.
"Pip is that heart welcome, to go free with his services, to honor and fortun', as no words can tell him…
Evolution of Expectations
The desire to escape from a “common” life and experience the greater, superior experiences that life has to offer is not uncommon. In fact, the central character of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Pip Pirrip, aspires to achieve this objective. Pip’s overwhelming yearning to become a gentleman for the love of his life, Estella, strongly wills him to change along the way in order to become a Victorian society “gentleman” and win the heart of his one true love. Along…
Great Expectations: Chapter 1 Questions
1. The novel is written in what point of view? – The novel is in 1st person.
2. Where does the opening scene take place? – It takes place in a churchyard.
3. What is Pip's full name? – Pip’s full name is Philip Pirrip.
4. Where are Pip's parents? – They are dead and buried in the churchyard.
5. With whom does Pip live? – Pip lives with his sister and her husband.
6. What does Joe Gargery do for a living? - Joe is a blacksmith…