Review of Great Expectations

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Novel: Great Expectations

Published in: 1861

Genre: Historical Fiction

Author: Charles Dickens


Pip’s story starts as he meets a thief in the graveyard where his parents lay. Little Phillip Pirrip who was referred as Pip in the story lives with his sister and brother-in-law. (Joe) While pip’s sister does not show the kindness to her brother, Joe takes care of Pip as his own son and admires him a lot. When Pip was taken to a house by his uncle to give assistance to an old lady named Miss Havisham, he meets a pretty young girl called Estella there. Finding the house decorated for a wedding and the place filled with cobwebs, Pip feels strange. The bridal dress cladded Miss Havisham was mysterious to the young Pip. After few years of assisting to Miss Havisham, Pip gets an offer to be a gentleman. As it was the great expectation of Pip, he gladly accepts it and leave Joe and Betty (Pip’s dear friend) to London. He meets Herbert Pocket (the cousin of Miss Havisham) who treats Pip as a good friend. After being a gentleman, Pip starts to ignore Joe and Betty. But, the person who lead Pip to his expectations of being a gentleman was yet mysterious as the well-wisher ignores to reveal it.


If I could describe this book in a word, it would be intellectual. From the beginning to the end Charles Dickens well known writing entranced me. The title greatly matches the story and there are many useful situations from which one could learn. Joe, Betty and Herbert are some of the other characters which caught my interest along with Pip. Estella’s pride and Miss Havisham’s story would just glue you to the book. Each and every twist in Pip’s life would confound the readers. From a thief to a gentleman, the story holds a special place. Overall this book was just amazing. If you haven’t read it yet. Go and grab one from the nearest library or bookstore.

About the author:

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Charles Dickens had to work for his family’s income at a young age. After working in a bootblacking factory and as an office boy, he started editing for magazines. The author had published a total of fifteen novels. His first published book was Oliver Twist. Great Expectations was released in novel form in 1861. It is considered as Charles Dickens’ greatest literary accomplishment.

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