Monday, January 28, 2013

Dickens Map
1. I will read in my 2 TA periods during school and I will make time in my day to read for at least 30 minutes per day.
2. In the original ending of Great Expectations, Pip sees Estella in London in the company of her husband and her children. Dickens was advised by a close friend that this was not how readers would want the story to end, so the ending was changed to the now published ending. Evaluate the purpose behind Charles Dickens' original ending. Which ending completes the story more fully? Which ending makes the most sense to you as the reader, and which ending most efficiently portrays the key themes of the novel? Use the text to support your response.

 Miss Havisham is heart broken and left in a disarray on her wedding day when her fiance leaves her at the alter.  Confidently this "fiance" is none other than Compeyson.  In her rage at this situation Miss Havisham adopts Estella to use her to get back at men.  Do you think that this justifies how Estella acts or is her manner just naturally how she is? Do you believe that Miss Havisham has the right to corrupt someone else's life and use them for her own selfish purposes?

 Dickens likes social commentary. He likes to comment on society. He comments socially. What impression do you get of London society after reading Great Expectations

 Dickens wrote a lot of travel books and travel guides. Are there any points in the novel where you hear our author slipping into tour guide? What portrait of London does Charles Dickens paint?

 Why do you think this novel divided into three parts?


3. I think the only way to test my knowledge and expertise is to write an analysis of the book.

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