Great Expectations

Introducing the story of Great Expectations by: Charles Dickens.

about Great Expectations:

Charles Dickens’ enduring and unique works have extended his popularity beyond the United Kingdom. And today the whole world knows him as a novelist with social concerns. It is Dickens’s second novel, after David Copperfield.

Great Expectations” is one of his most famous works, which narrates the difference of the working classes along with romantic relationships in a Times full of criminality. The story was first published as a serial in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round.

The story is about the childhood of an orphan named “Pip”, which takes place from 1812, when he is seven years old, until the winter of 1840, and is in fact the main character of the story.

This story can also be considered as a kind of autobiography of Dickens, which, like his other works, reveals his bittersweet experiences of life and people.

About the author:

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He spent his childhood in suffering and failure. He was a dreamer as a child and loved hearing horror stories. He also had in mind a variety of events that set the stage for the terrifying elements of his future stories. His imagery of the books he reads led him to quickly become a professional novelist.

The most important stories of Charles Dickens are Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities . Many of his stories are usually evoke images of early Victorian London. It should be noted his novels and short stories are still widely read today.


A young orphan boy Philip Pirrip, who is known as Pip. he lives with his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. Some time passes and a middle-aged and wealthy woman named “Miss Havisham” asks Pip to visit him sometimes to talk and accompany him. She is an immoral woman who lives in an old mansion, where the sorrows of the past are rippling. she had driven half-mad years earlier by her lover’s departure on their wedding day.

That is why she hates men and wants to take revenge on men. her adopted daughter, Estella also lives in his house. Miss Havisham teaches her to torment men with her beauty. Pip, at first cautious, later falls in love with Estella. But Estella despises Pip for his living conditions, and at this time Pip has big dreams. at this moment the boy met an escaped convict who will change the whole boy’s life.

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Great Expectations-Charles Dickens