Essay on Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

1191 Words Dec 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
Children are taught at an early age not to judge a book by its cover, however each person will continue to judge until they meet unfortunate circumstances which will produce realization in their minds. Something of this nature occurs in Charles Dickens ' novel Great Expectations. Numerous characters in the novel rose to be far different than the commencing expectations. Such characters in the novel include Magwitch, Estella and Wemmick. Pip meets with Magwitch when a child. He threatens to kill Pip providing that he does not bring him food and a file for his cuffs. Estella plays a large role in Pip 's childhood as is was she who exerts herself in emotionally torturing Pip. Lastly, Wemmick behaves differently with his family than he does at work. All of these characters eventually differ from first impression. Though these characters are mentioned, one should know that they are simply a subset of the characters who diverge from initial impression. Dickens ' contrasting of the characters demonstrates their striking contrast between initial appearance and later reality. To begin, Abel Magwitch is a notable character in the book who turns out to differ from our early expectations. Pip encounters Magwitch at the beginning of the novel. “‘Hold your noise!” cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch. “Keep still, you little devil, or I’ll cut your throat!” A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg.”’…

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