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Title: Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Introduction Background Discussion Starters
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Great Expectations Introduction
  • Is it childish to dream about a future completely
    different from what you expect to happen?

Great Expectations Introduction
  • In Great Expectations, Pip is at first content
    with his future as a blacksmiths apprentice.

The blacksmith, his brother-in-law Joe, is much
nicer than Pips own sisterwho has brought him
up by hand.
Great Expectations Introduction
  • One day Pip wanders across the marshes to visit
    his parents graves.

But instead, he finds a runaway convict who
demands that Pip help him escape from his chains.
Great Expectations Introduction
Although the man is later caught, Pip feels
horribly guilty.
He is sure Joe will be disappointed if he finds
out what Pip has done.
Great Expectations Introduction
  • But this frightening episode fades from Pips
    memory when he encounters even more remarkable

He is invited to rich Miss Havishams house to be
a playmate for Estella, the proud girl in her
Great Expectations Introduction
  • Years ago, Miss Havishams fiancé stood her up at
    the altar.

Ever since, she has remained in her wedding
dress, let no sunlight into her house, and let
the clocks stop. Everything is left just as it
was the day of her heartbreak.
Great Expectations Introduction
  • Pips friends all hope that Miss Havisham will
    do something for himgive him money.

However, for Pip, the appeal of Miss Havishams
house isnt just the thought of money or the
elegant lifestyle Its Estella.
Great Expectations Introduction
And then, the unexpected happens!
An anonymous benefactor sends money to pay for
Pips education in London!
Great Expectations Introduction
Is Miss Havisham giving Pip the money?
Does she hope to make Pip into a gentleman for
his own sake?
Or is it for the sake of someone else?
Great Expectations Background
Charles Dickens (18121870) was deeply concerned
about the struggles of the poor and mistreated
  • During this period, people who simply could not
    pay their bills often went to debtors prison.
  • A criminal who was considered dangerous might be
    sent to what is now Australia to serve time.

Great Expectations Background
In Dickenss time, London was a rich city, but
poor people lived in terrible squalor.
  • Children of those in debtors prison often had
    to support themselves.
  • A child might work up to sixteen hours a day.
  • Labor in a factory or work pulling a cart earned
    only pennies a day.

Great Expectations Background
Shortly before his own father was sent to
debtors prison, twelve-year-old Charles was sent
to work at a shoe polish factory.
  • Dickenss unfinished autobiography describes the
    suffering he endured as a child laborer.
  • He worked long hours in a cramped room infested
    with rats.

Great Expectations Background
The unique history of Australia is tied to a
thread in Great Expectations.
  • In Dickens time, British convicts were often
    punished in a way that might seem cruel and
    unusual by todays standards.
  • Convicts thought to pose some threat to society
    might be shipped off to a distant British
    territorywhat is now Australia.

Great Expectations Background
  • During the time when Australia served as a penal
    colony for England, prisoners were deposited near
    what is now Sydney.
  • Only the strongest and hardest-working people
    could prosper in the harsh conditions.
  • Once sent to Australia, a convict was frequently
    forbidden to ever return to England.

Great Expectations Discussion Starters
  • Discuss (1)
  • Orphaned and then cared for by a harsh older
    sister, Pip stumbles upon great opportunity.
  • Is it best to jump at whatever opportunity comes
    along? Or should a person consider staying in
    familiar territory?
  • What problems might come from dreaming of a
    better future? What rewards?

Great Expectations Discussion Starters
  • Discuss (2)
  • Loyalty and gratitude are themes running through
    Great Expectations.
  • What are the qualities of a loyal friend?
  • Should a friends loyalty have limits?
  • Should a successful person show gratitude to
    those who have helped along the way?