Great Expectations – One of Dickens’ Greatest Works

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Great Expectations

Adam Wies received his master of arts in English with an emphasis on literature analysis from the Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, in 2010. To complete his degree requirements, Adam Wies wrote a thesis titled The Hot and Cold of Great Expectations: A Semiotic Reading of Dickens’s Uses of Environment to Shape the Characters. Adam’s work explores, in comprehensive detail, the semantics, syntactical constructs, and specific pragmatics Charles Dickens employed in character action and reaction; throughout Great Expectations, Dickens incorporates a vast network of environmental signs that present to readers a new way to interpret the physical and psychological implications of Dickens’s scenery.

Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations with a strong autobiographical approach. It is considered to be his darkest work as well as one of his greatest. Originally published in 1860, in his weekly journal All the Year Round, Great Expectations is Dickens’ 13th novel. Though shorter than many of his works, it is said to contain Dickens’ best use of characterization, style, and plot.

In essence, it is the story of Pip, a young man who overcomes his obstacles through the generosity of an unknown benefactor. He learns about love, social status, forgiveness, and what it takes to be a true gentleman.


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