The Importance Of Character Relationship In Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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The objective of my essay is to discuss Dicken’s Great Expectations. Dickens pays a great deal of attention to characters relationships in the novel: with other people, with communities, with money, with themselves, and with time. I will select three characters and explore the manner in which they related to time, as well as the effect it has on them and others. Great Expectations, shows a process of maturity and self-discovery through experience as a character moves from childhood to adulthood. Great Expectations is set in early Victorian England, a time when great social changes were happening in England. Charles Dickens wrote the novel as a mirror to his own childhood. The book is written in a first-person narrative. In Great Expectations Dickens related his life experiences with the main character of the play, ‘Pip’. Therefore pip is a reflection of what he experience and development from childhood to adulthood while being challenged by the time context of the Victorian era which makes it a bildungsroman novel about Charles Dickens personal experiences.
According to Strange (1954) Although social class was no longer entirely dependent on the circumstances of one’s birth, the divisions between rich and poor remained nearly as wide as ever in the Victorian era. Dickens mirrored the context of that time on
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Joe is introduced as illiterate someone who cannot read or write. In the beginning he couldn’t even write his own name however as the story is being told, he has become a different man. Someone who has learned to read and writes. Magwitch is introduced as a nobody but at the end with time we got to learn that he is a father and someone’s father. We however are initially introduced to him as a stranger who is asking for food and only to learn with time that he is rich and has his own money. Therefore every character in Great Expectation has formed some sort of relationship with time and
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