In case you're not familiar with the concepts behind Great Expectations, here's a short overview:
"In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride."
"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."
“There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.”
“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”
“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretenses did I cheat myself.”
It's been said before that the focus of this novel is that "affection, loyalty, and conscience are more important than social advancement, wealth, and class". Not only is this moral displayed, but also included is the concept of the passing of time, and how absolutely precious time is.
Miss Havisham, ever in her faded white dress, and Pip, ever in the clouds, view time in coinciding ways; she's trapped in the past, while he tries to escape his present and run to the future.
Time is a detrimental force in Great Expectations, and it teaches us to treasure it dearly.
There are so many deep and profound statements made in Great Expectations I can hardly recount them all. I would advise you pick up a copy and discern them for yourself!
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Rating(1-5): 5 stars
Content (1-10): 8 (for romance, minor child brutality, a hint of morbidness, and one ghost scene. It's not as bad as it sounds, which is why I'm marking it down as 8 out of 10)
Age Level: 15+ (It is pretty depressing, so be wary)
Hope you try it out! Let me know what you think in the comments below.