Review of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, the reader is quicklyattracted to the book by the author’s use of very vivid and emotionaldetails. Dickens’ structure and language allow the reader toexperience life-like situations from this novel. Realistic, boldcharacters and an up-tempo plot keep the reader interested. Dickensuses different themes to allow the reader to compare this novel totheir own lives. He allows them to add their own feelings while deeplyportraying the feelings that he would have felt while reading this.
Dickens’ details in Great Expectations do not leave much to thereader’s imagination. He creates large, vibrant pictures of the townsand scenery; the most elaborate setting one could possibly think of.”aˆ¦the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected withdikes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on them, wasthe marshesaˆ¦”(Dickens 4). To some readers, this lack of having to usethe imagination on the setting is disappointing. The fine details arethe only ones that can be left up to the reader’s imagination becauseDickens truly set up a brilliant story with a credible setting.
While having a heavily detailed setting, Great Expectations has veryvivid and lively characters that are placed in a somewhat, hard tobelieve plot. Each character is very different from all of the others.This prevents any confusion of who’s who. Every character representssomeone that the reader probably knows in real life. Some readers mayeven see themselves in one of the characters-hopefully not MissHavisham! Either way, Dickens’ lifelike characters give the story lifeand a way for the reader to truly interact with this novel.
The themes are also another way for the reader to interact with GreatExpectations. The many different themes create different feelings inthe reader to experience whilst reading. The themes that Dickens usedfor symbolism and reference to his own life and thoughts are money,justice, and class snobbery. Dickens was raised in lower-classsociety, so he knows how the other classes treat others and how others