Monday, January 28, 2013

Dickens Map

1) I do not really have a set plan for reading every night, but I do know that I will in fact finish the book by Monday. I just read how much I want whenever I want. I know that's not really a good plan, but I know that I can finish in time. I have read 150 pages in two days and if I keep that pace up I will be well on my way to finish and writing a review by Monday.

2) How does Dickens arouse our sympathies for certain characters?

Who is Pumblechook, and how does he get Pip into Satis House?

How do we know the bank notes come from the convict?

Miss Havisham is heart broken and left in a disarry on her wedding day when her fiance leaves her at the alter.  Coincidently this "fience" 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 elses life and use them for her own selfish purposes?

At the end of the book, Pip says to himself. I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her. Sometimes the things we want most are the things we should not have. Pip has been in love with Estella for most of his life. In Great Expectations, Pip continues to pursue Estella even when it becomes destructive. Should Pip and Estella be together?

3) An essay question or AP type multiple choice questions would suffice in testing my knowledge on Great Expectations.

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