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

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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.…read more

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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 spider's web
of rail networks spanning the length and width of the country.…read more

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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 10. The pay was bad because
men tended to spend their money on alcohol after work, to drink away the miseries of
Victorian Life.…read more

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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 his
father, inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in 'David
Copperfield', was imprisoned for bad debt. The entire family, apart from
Charles, were sent to Marshalsea along with their patriarch.…read more

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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.…read more

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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 are embodied as a
consequence.…read more

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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 someone is Mr Pip.…read more

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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 will never be
able to have her.…read more

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Mas-Alg

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

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