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Book Basics

Author: Charles Dickens

Years Published: 1860–61

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Perspective and Narrator:

Great Expectations is told in first person by Pip, the protagonist.


Great Expectations is told in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title Great Expectations refers to the social expectations of Pip as well as the expectations of other characters, such as Miss Havisham and Magwitch.

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