Novel Title – Great Expectations
Publication Year – 1861
Author – Charles Dickens
“Too much expectations leads to too much disappointments” – Quote
How truly said !! More we expect, more we are bound to face disappointments in our life. No matter what circumstances may come in life, the human race never stops hoping and expecting. Charles Dickens’ epic novel – Great expectations is about expectations, hopes and desires and how a stroke of luck changes the destiny of a blacksmith apprentice and makes his every expectations come true. Like everyone, poor pip has lots of hopes with his life and craves to lead life of luxury and happiness. Staying in the shelter of his nagging sister, pip has no one to support him except his brother-in-law – Joe Gargery.
But one day little pip comes face to face with a criminal who forces him to offer some food and tools so that he can free himself from the bars. Even though little pip offers food and tools to the criminal, he is unsuccessful in hiding the criminal from the public eye. Though the criminal is arrested, he is happy that atleast little pip offered him some sympathy & kindness . As the time passes, suddenly young pip is offered all the luxuries by a unknown benefactor who takes the responsibility of transforming poor pip into a prosperous gentleman, full of wealth and privilege. This unexpected twist of destiny turns pip into a flamboyant aristocrat and with power of wealth in his pocket, pip craves to make his every dream come true. But one fateful day, pip meets his secret benefactor and receives a great shock discovering that he has to pay a heavy price to make his expectations come true. Who is this secret benefactor and how is he related to pip? Does pip succeeds in fulfilling his dreams? What heavy price does pip has to pay to make his expectations come true? Pip’s life is surrounded by many characters which comprise his kind brother-in-law Joe, the eccentric old lady Miss havisham, ruthless criminal, the mysterious benefactor and his cold hearted, insensitive love interest – Estella.
The premise of the story is set during the first quarter of 19th century and through Pip, the lead protagonist of the novel, Charles Dickens highlights on the ruthlessness of the artistocratic community towards the poor peasants and how wealth can corrupt the mind of a kind hearted man like Pip. Through this article, I have tried to showcase the story of great expectations and throw a light on writings of the great author – Charles Dickens. If you are fed up of reading stereo-typed romantic stories and cheap thrillers, then I recommend you to give it a try on reading this unconventional classic which has a substance of compassion and will surely enlighten you after you have completed reading this book. Once you have completed reading this book, then you should also read “Oliver Twist”, “David Copperfield”, “A tale of two cities” which are counted as the best works of Charles Dickens.