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    Another important aspect of the setting is the labyrinthine, claustrophobic and exotic space into which the plot is set. Since Walpole's `Castle of Otrano' (1764) the Gothic castle is one of the key features of the Gothic novel. The Gothic castle is a labyrinthine and claustrophobic place which evokes feelings of "fear, awe, entrapment and helplessness" (Raskauskien 50). Characteristic of the Gothic castle are mazy, over- and undergrounded corridors, creaking doors, shuttered windows, trapdoors…

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    different social classes. Chapter 11 caught me off guard by introducing us to Mrs. Havisham’s relatives and want they were after. Sarah Pocket, Camilla, Georgiana, and Raymond’s aim was to become close to Mrs. Havisham in order to get her money at her funeral. Upon knowing this, Mrs. Havisham treats them poorly and gives them a cold shoulder. I mean, I would do the same thing if anyone came up to me and said, “Hey I’m just going to get close to you so that I can have your money when you die”,…

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    him in order to learn to become the gentleman in the life of city. Except that, Pip also takes part in a dull society group and pays a regular visit to Estella, who has moved to London. He is addicted to her lying and beauty; what’s more, he becomes jealous of a rich township gentleman who is obscene and dirty and has a close contact with Estella and he begins his communicative activity. In short, Pip’s character has a dramatic change and he doesn’t keep pure and kind, which is replaced by pride…

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    Two novels, written each in a different century by two very different authors, tell stories of perseverance. The oldest one, Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens in 1860, illustrates the life of Pip during the Victorian Era. The novel is narrated by aged Pip, as he reflects on his past. As The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, tells the tale of Junior’s childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation in a diary format. They learned lessons on the journey to a…

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    Most of Charles Dickens’ novels are inextricably linked to the setting which is utilized to portray themes, reflect on character personalities, situations and emotions. London and Kent are places that become the haven for his characters and their development. Great Expectations is set in Victorian England during the nineteenth century, a time when social changes were occurring at a fast pace throughout the nation. The Industrial Revolution of the late eighteenth century had transformed the…

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    However, in spite of Dickens’s revolutionary ideas and harsh critique of the capitalist system, he never calls to topple capitalism and does not see the struggle, like Karl Marx, as a struggle between the rich and the poor classes where a classless society will eventually emerge. Within this context, George Orwell asserts that there is no clear sign that Dickens “wants the existing order to be overthrown, or that he believes it would make very much difference if it WERE overthrown. For in…

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    ‘You are dissatisfied on account of my rise in fortune, and you can’t help showing it” (Dickens,149). The belief of a higher calling as a gentlemen, with whom Miss Havisham would entitle Estella to, causes Pip to turn on his own friends and family. Dickens warn of the dangers of preconceived idea of grandeur, and its ability to change someone for the worst. The disillusions and wealth can cause individuals to turn against the…

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    of social class and loss that are prominent all throughout the story, their values and meanings timeless both then and now. In Great Expectations characters from every level of social class is shown, from Joe and Biddy of the lower class to Miss Havisham and…

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    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known as J.R.R. Tolkien once said “Not all those that wander are lost.” (The Riddle of Strider). Some people may understand wandering as a loss of direction, or meaning; whereas others see that those who wander may have a purpose. While in the act of wandering, people can learn many lessons including how to forgive the ones they have wronged, how important family and friends are, that riches and wealth aren’t the most important aspects of life, and to never…

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    he is brought up by hand by his sister and her husband Joe, for both his parents are dead. Pip and Joe are the best of friends and always have each others backs when Pip’s sister is in a foul mood. Later in Pip’s life, he goes to live with Mrs. Havisham for a little while. At Mrs. H’s Pip is introduced to different ways in which people live. He takes his life in comparison to others and starts to develop new wishes and expectations. Pip’s character starts out very common, uneducated, and naive.…

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