Synopses & Reviews
Little Pip had been left an orphan when he was a small boy, and his much older sister had grudgingly reared him. In the marsh country where they lived, Pip often wandered alone, until chace encounter with an escaped convict. He brought the stranger food and a file for his chains. Later apprehended, the man he aided promised Pip that he would somehow repay him for his kindness.
Soon sent, at her request, to the strange and very eccentric Mrs. Haversham, Pip is given the opportunity to learn, which he eagerly accepts. One day, a London solicitor presents him with the chance to go to London and become a gentleman. Pip believes his benefactor to be Miss Haversham herself. Perhaps she wanted to make him fir to one day marry her ward, Estella.
Pip became one of a small group of London dandies, and soon became ashamed of his rural roots. When, on his twenty-first birthday, he was visited by the man he had rescued in the marshes so long ago, he was horrified to find that his benefactor was in fact this ugly and coarse criminal. But he was too conscious of the debt owed to consider abandoning this person whom he so disliked.
Pip is about to learn a lot of lessons about life and love and loyalty!
Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella.
In this fascinating story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish a sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him - and somehow discover a firm set of values and priorities.