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Great Expectations By: Tommy Tran Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations portray a young man’s life during Mid-19th century England. Based on Bildungsroman, the protagonist Pip, aspires to become a gentleman, but can only succeed through his acquired knowledge into adulthood. Through Pip’s ambition, he learns to be independent during his experiences, which legitimizes that societies social latter affects one’s identity. Great Expectations is said to be the memories of Charles Dickens’ as he and Pip have many similarities. Born in Kent, England in 1812; Dickens' hometown is the same location where Pip lives. Pip was an apprentice of a blacksmith just like Charles Dickens when he was 12. Taken away from his family, Charles had to work as a child laborer of Warren’s Blacking factory. The convict that Pip meets is remarkably similar to his father who happened to be in jail. To ensure his family finances were stable, Charles worked as a writer, editor and public speaker. The effort to gain more money than a blacksmith was the same between Charles and Pip who worked hard for their success. In the end, Charles and Pip learns that the finance of social classes does not matter. The novel overall seems to be the untold story of Charles Dickens’ life. The Bildungsroman novel organizes the linear initiation, in which revolves around Pip’s evolution into an adult through his intent. As Pip visits his mother’s grave, a man approaches him. “A fearful man, all in coarse gray, with a great iron on his leg.” (11) The man is a convict and directs him to steal wittles and a file, for if he did not, the man would send a young vicious boy after him. As Pip steals from his sister’s larder to save himself from a wretched man, he starts to
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feel guilt and aspires to change. Pip’s journey continues into adulthood as he meets a young high-class lady named Estella and wishes to be part of her life, but can only do so if he becomes a gentleman. Pip being an idealist, chases after this successful life he so wishes to obtain. The
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