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GREATREVISION GUIDE
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EXPECTATIONS

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CONTENTS
SECTION 1
Victorian Values 2
Study: Charles Dickens 4
SECTION 2 6
Characters 7
Settings 13
Themes 16

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS STUDY GUIDE




SECTION 1
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
ENGLISH




Great Expectations was written following the aftermath of the social revolution caused by
industry. To fully appreciate Dickens's portrayal of protagonists and antagonists, as well as
critical themes, a contemporary knowledge must be established.

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Victorian An exploration of
In the
Transport
During the 1800's, transport was fairly primitive in comparison to
today's standards; a personal horse and cart amongst the luxurious
forms of transport for the aristocracy. In 1825, a revolution in
technology bore the steam powered engine, creating a…

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Values
the social standard
19th Century

Home life
3% of people in Britain embodied the aristocracy, those earning over £700 per year,
the large bulk of the remaining 97% descended into poverty, living in poor
conditions, often only a couple of rooms for a family of…

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Charles
Dickens BBC Biography 1812 - 1870

His own story is one of rags to riches. He was born in Portsmouth on 7
February 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. The good fortune of
being sent to school at the age of nine was short-lived because…

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As well as a huge list of novels he
published autobiography, edited weekly
periodicals including 'Household
Words' and 'All Year Round',
wrote travel books and
administered charitable
organisations. He was also a
theatre enthusiast, wrote plays
and performed before Queen
Victoria in 1851. His energy
was inexhaustible and he
spent…

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS STUDY GUIDE
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SECTION 2
NOVEL COMPONENTS
ENGLISH




Dickens forges meticulously and lengthily memorable characters, exaggerated settings and
intense storylines to fully implement the significance of his themes in Great Expectations. This
section looks at what he fabricates, why he does so, and what themes…

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Characters



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In Great
Expectations

Phillip Pirrip - "Pip"
Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, is the character that we follow
throughout the novel, and is the key to the whole world
encompassing great expectations. The story is a
bildungsroman, a story about someone's progression of
life, and that…

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Estella
Estella is, in some respects, one of the antagonists of the
novel, often plaguing Pip's morality and thought. Her name
simply means star, associated with greatness, love and beauty,
however more contextually in connotes coldness, distance
and the fact Estella is unobtainable to Pip, who…

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Definitely a 5 star! this revision guide is so organised. 

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