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 Study Great Expectations by Charles Dickens with our study guide and lesson plans!

#17 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200), Great American Read #29

This classic book is the sometimes complicated, always fanciful and entertaining story of Pip from small boy to adult. Living with his sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband the blacksmith, Joe Gargery, Pip is looking forward to the day when he can be apprenticed to Joe. But a chance encounter with an escaped convict in a church graveyard and a demand from the strange spinster, Miss Havisham, for a young boy to come play at her estate, changes Pip's life forever.

Pip has his world turned upside down when Estella, Miss Havisham's protégé, sneers at Pip's commoner habits and appearance, and Pip becomes ashamed of who and what he is. Then an anonymous benefactor contacts Pip through the services of the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, and promises to make a gentleman out of him and pay his way through life.

Years later, the grown man, Pip, has developed "Great Expectations" about Estella, Miss Havisham, wealth, and his future life. However, everyone has their own expectations and nothing is as it appears.

Charles Dickens fills this classic with memorable characters and sharp insights into the human soul.

Book Author:
Charles Dickens
England, 1800s
British Literature
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Page Count:
484 pages