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  • Jun 23, 2010

The story of Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite books of all time. I remember the first time reading this in high school and I was intrigued by the story. It is a book that should definitely be read by each and all. It is a coming of age story which involves Phillip Pirrip and his quest to become a gentleman. His attempt to become a gentleman takes an interesting start in his young age. He encounters a convict and he helps him and this would have a profound effect on him. His longing to become a gentleman only gets amplified when he meets (in his eyes) a beautiful young girl named Estella. He meets Estella when he is invited to a house owned by Miss Havisham.  This in my opinion is one of the key themes of this book as Pip is always struggling and fighting to be a gentleman and win Estella’s affection. He is always struggling and longs to achieve that upper class of people to woo Estella. Estella being a young antagonist would have none of that and is always making fun of Pip. Despite this, Pip never gives up and he always has Estella in his heart. That is why I like this book as it follows the character from beginning to adulthood and the twist and turns the book takes. You can sort of relate to this book if you have ever been raised up and moved to college or have struggled to achieve that dream. The story has been so beloved that it has been done in plays and movies over and over again.

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ISBN-10: 0375757015 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780375757013 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Modern Library
Date Published: February 13, 2001
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