History Literature / GreatExpectations

19th May '16 1:41:19 PM mlsmithca
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* BrokenAesop: A point of contention against the RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: a major point of Pip's CharacterDevelopment is learning he was never [[EntitledToHaveYou meant for Estella]] and that she is not the person he has [[LovingAShadow idealized her to be.]] This is undermined by having ''fate'' bring her back to him at Status House, having just conveniently TookALevelInKindness and ready to love him.]]

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* BrokenAesop: A point of contention against the RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: a major point of Pip's CharacterDevelopment is learning he was never [[EntitledToHaveYou meant for Estella]] and that she is not the person he has [[LovingAShadow idealized her to be.]] This is undermined by having ''fate'' bring her back to him at Status Satis House, having just conveniently TookALevelInKindness and ready to love him.]]
21st Apr '16 12:56:51 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: Miss Havisham used to be sane, but went mad after discovering that her fiancee had swindled her out of her fortune and run off on what was supposed to be their wedding day. She shut herself off from the rest of the world, never leaving her house or even changing out of her wedding dress, and eventually conceived of a plan to adopt a girl so that she could raise her to break men's hearts the way that her fiancee broke hers.
2nd Apr '16 8:13:19 AM VoxAquila
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* BrokenAesop: A point of contention against the RevisedEnding: [[spoiler: a major point of Pip's CharacterDevelopment is learning he was never [[EntitledToHaveYou meant for Estella]] and that she is not the person he has [[LovingAShadow idealized her to be.]] This is undermined by having ''fate'' bring her back to him at Status House, having just conveniently TookALevelInKindness and ready to love him.]]
25th Feb '16 1:16:46 AM TastySauce
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Pip starts the book as a [[AllLovingHero guileless]] orphan who lives [[AbusiveParents under the thumb]] of his shrewish older sister Mrs. Joe, only marginally mollified by her simple minded but good hearted husband Joe. His most eventful incident in his childhood is helping a convict on the marshes escape. But after being invited to play at the home of Miss Havisham, an eccentric spinster who's never recovered from being jilted at the altar long ago, and meeting her beautiful, but haughty ward [[StellarName Estella]] there. Pip's mindset changes, he begins to resent his simplistic upbringing, the middling blacksmith career, and life that seem inevitable for him.

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Pip starts the book as a [[AllLovingHero guileless]] orphan who lives [[AbusiveParents under the thumb]] of his shrewish older sister Mrs. Joe, only marginally mollified by her simple minded but good hearted husband Joe. His most eventful incident in his childhood is helping a convict on the marshes escape. But after being invited to play at the home of Miss Havisham, an eccentric spinster who's never recovered from being jilted at the altar long ago, and meeting her beautiful, but haughty ward [[StellarName Estella]] there. there, Pip's mindset changes, he changes. He begins to resent his simplistic upbringing, the middling blacksmith career, and life that seem inevitable for him.
26th Jan '16 6:36:49 PM DrPsyche
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* TechnicallyASmile: When Wemmick smiles at Pip, Pip notes it to be a hollow and somewhat unsettling gesture. It's especially odd because otherwise, Wemmick is a pleasant and kind man.
2nd Jan '16 4:03:28 AM aye_amber
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''Great Expectations'' is one of Creator/CharlesDickens' most famous works (along with ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'' and ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''), as the multitude of high school students [[SchoolStudyMedia assigned]] this [[DoorStopper 450+ page book]] will attest. Ironically, it is his most unconventional work; Dickens [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] many of his trademark plots and characters in it, including the MysteriousBenefactor and RagsToRiches tale. The main character Pip is also far from the simple-minded innocents of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' and ''Literature/OliverTwist'' and arguably has undergone the most CharacterDevelopment as a result.

Pip starts the book as a [[AllLovingHero guileless]] orphan who lives [[AbusiveParents under the thumb]] of his shrewish older sister Mrs. Joe, only marginally mollified by her simple-minded but good-hearted husband Joe. His most eventful incident in his childhood is helping a convict on the marshes escape. But after being invited to play at the home of Miss Havisham, an eccentric spinster who's never recovered from being jilted at the altar long ago, and meeting her beautiful but haughty ward [[StellarName Estella]] there, Pip's mindset changes and he begins to resent his simplistic upbringing and the middling blacksmith career and life that seem inevitable for him.

Then, out of nowhere, [[MysteriousBenefactor Mr. Jaggers]] shows up at Pip's doorstep and tells his stunned family that he has "[[TitleDrop great expectations]]" bestowed upon him by a mysterious benefactor. Pip will spend the next couple of years training to become a proper gentleman. His benefactor's identity is a secret, but Pip is convinced that it is Miss Havisham. He meets the upper-class members of London society including friendly Herbert and loathsome Drummle, forgets about his old life, and courts Estella with limited success. But it is not until Pip finally discovers who his benefactor is that the plot really begins to thicken and Pip is forced to mature by confronting a variety of surprises, disappointments, and unexpected revelations.

''Great Expectations'' has been subject to many a film adaptation. The two most likely to have been viewed in a high school English class are the 1946 David Lean one (generally regarded as the best) and the 1998 modern-day adaptation. There has also been a [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Completely Different]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parody. A 2012 adaptation features ''Film/HarryPotter'' veterans Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/JessieCave, and Robbie Coltrane, as well as Jeremy Irvine, Creator/JasonFlemyng, Holliday Grainger from ''Series/TheBorgias'', David Walliams from ''Series/LittleBritain'', and Creator/RalphIneson from ''Series/TheOffice''.

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''Great Expectations'' is one of Creator/CharlesDickens' most famous works (along with ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol,'' ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''), as the multitude of high school students [[SchoolStudyMedia assigned]] this [[DoorStopper 450+ page book]] will attest. Ironically, it is his most unconventional work; Dickens [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] many of his trademark plots and characters in it, including the MysteriousBenefactor and RagsToRiches tale. The main character Pip is also far from the simple-minded simple minded innocents of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' and ''Literature/OliverTwist'' ''Literature/OliverTwist,'' and arguably has undergone the most CharacterDevelopment as a result.

Pip starts the book as a [[AllLovingHero guileless]] orphan who lives [[AbusiveParents under the thumb]] of his shrewish older sister Mrs. Joe, only marginally mollified by her simple-minded simple minded but good-hearted good hearted husband Joe. His most eventful incident in his childhood is helping a convict on the marshes escape. But after being invited to play at the home of Miss Havisham, an eccentric spinster who's never recovered from being jilted at the altar long ago, and meeting her beautiful beautiful, but haughty ward [[StellarName Estella]] there, there. Pip's mindset changes and changes, he begins to resent his simplistic upbringing and upbringing, the middling blacksmith career career, and life that seem inevitable for him.

Then, out of nowhere, [[MysteriousBenefactor Mr. Jaggers]] shows up at Pip's doorstep and tells his stunned family that he has "[[TitleDrop great expectations]]" bestowed upon him by a mysterious benefactor. Pip will spend the next couple of years training to become a proper gentleman. His benefactor's identity is a secret, but Pip is convinced that it is Miss Havisham. He meets the upper-class upper class members of London society including friendly Herbert and loathsome Drummle, forgets about his old life, and courts Estella with limited success. But it is not until Pip finally discovers who his benefactor is that the plot really begins to thicken and Pip is forced to mature by confronting a variety of surprises, disappointments, and unexpected revelations.

''Great Expectations'' has been subject to many a film adaptation. The two most likely to have been viewed in a high school English class are the 1946 David Lean one (generally regarded as the best) and the 1998 modern-day modern day adaptation. There has also been a [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Completely Different]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parody. A 2012 adaptation features ''Film/HarryPotter'' ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' veterans Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/JessieCave, and Robbie Coltrane, as well as Jeremy Irvine, Creator/JasonFlemyng, Holliday Grainger from ''Series/TheBorgias'', ''Series/TheBorgias,'' David Walliams from ''Series/LittleBritain'', and Creator/RalphIneson from ''Series/TheOffice''.
20th Dec '15 4:21:46 PM VoxAquila
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* SecondLove: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Pip returns to Biddy with the intention of proposing [[spoiler:only for her to have already accepted Joe's.]] Poor kid can't get a break.
1st Nov '15 7:27:27 PM DrPsyche
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* AbusiveParents: Or, rather, abusive elder sister.

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* AbusiveParents: Or, rather, abusive elder sister.AbusiveParents:
** Pip's older sister is his guardian and verbally and physically thrashes him.
** Joe recalls how his father would "hammer" his mother and him, and when they tried to flee, he united their neighbors to shame them into coming home where he would hammer them again.
2nd Jul '15 5:24:40 PM lakingsif
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* MarriageOfConvenience: Miss Havisham raises Estella to be a heartless man-eater who woos men only to completely deny them, and then marries the most boring, rich man she can find so that she can continue doing so but with money. [[spoiler: She then grows a heart by being cold when a horse kills her husband and questionably finally gets together with Pip]]. Miss Havisham trains Estella to want these things because she (Miss H) was left at the altar by the man she wanted to MarryForLove, [[spoiler:because he is a criminal]].
14th May '15 2:37:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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''Great Expectations'' has been subject to many a film adaptation. The two most likely to have been viewed in a high school English class are the 1946 David Lean one (generally regarded as the best) and the 1998 modern-day adaptation. There has also been a [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Completely Different]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parody. A 2012 adaptation features ''Film/HarryPotter'' veterans Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/RalphFiennes, JessieCave, and Robbie Coltrane, as well as Jeremy Irvine, Creator/JasonFlemyng, Holliday Grainger from ''Series/TheBorgias'', David Walliams from ''LittleBritain'', and Creator/RalphIneson from ''TheOffice''.

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''Great Expectations'' has been subject to many a film adaptation. The two most likely to have been viewed in a high school English class are the 1946 David Lean one (generally regarded as the best) and the 1998 modern-day adaptation. There has also been a [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Completely Different]] ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parody. A 2012 adaptation features ''Film/HarryPotter'' veterans Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, Creator/RalphFiennes, JessieCave, Creator/JessieCave, and Robbie Coltrane, as well as Jeremy Irvine, Creator/JasonFlemyng, Holliday Grainger from ''Series/TheBorgias'', David Walliams from ''LittleBritain'', ''Series/LittleBritain'', and Creator/RalphIneson from ''TheOffice''.''Series/TheOffice''.
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