Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dickens CLAQ's
The book I am going to analyze is "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens. I am going to remix the questions by just writing about the novel and some of the literary techniques used but not in the same format as the LAQ's. 

Pip is an orphan who is extraordinarily sensitive and intelligent. Pip was affected early in his childhood when he met Magwitch which is the type of person that every parent wants their kids to avoid. Ms. Havisham is a woman who still wears who wedding dress because that was the most revolutionary day of her life when she was left at the altar. Ms. Havisham represent decay and promise to Pip. Pip views Havisham as an ideal adult because she must have done something right because she is wealthy and adopted Estella. Joe and Jaggers can be interpreted as complete opposites in the novel because Jaggers doesn't know how to keep a secret and he likes to gossip which was a huge impact during the times of Victorian England. Joe lives by feeling and has a poetic, romantic view of the world. Another interesting character is Wemmick because his attitude depends on his environment, I consider him bipolar because he is a different person at work then he is at home. Their are 4 revelations in the novel that Pip discovers throughout his life span. First, Ms. Havisham is not Pip's fairy godmother. Second, Estella is not intended for Pip, I interpreted Estella as a tease. Third, Magwitch has contributed to Pip's expectations. Fourth, KARMA....that is all. Pip's view of the world is that their is good within the bad. Pip inherits Joe's emotional idealism but, his most intriguing quality is his abilities to fantasize. Pip wants all the rewards but none of the consequences, which causes him to become a snob. Pip represents his own flaws by talking bad to everyone. My favorite attribute of the novel is that it takes place in the real world as well as fantasy.

Literary Techniques
Imagery- "She reserved it for me to restore the desolate house, admit the sunshine into the dark rooms, set the clocks a-going and the cold hearths a-blazing, tear down the cobwebs, destroy the vermin - in short, do all the shining deeds of the young Knight of romance, and marry the Princess."
Syntax- "Then, Estella being gone and we two left alone, she turned to me, and said in a whisper: 'Is she beautiful, graceful, well-grown? Do you admire her?'
Diction- "He had struck root in Joe's establishment, by the reason of my sister's sudden fancy for him, or I should have tried to get him dismissed. He quite understood and reciprocated my good intentions, as I had reason to know thereafter."

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