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Great Expectations Lesson Plan

Introduction to Great Expectations

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's penultimate completed novel. Pip's life story contains elements of Dickens's own life story. Like Pip, for instance, Dickens came to a period of success in London after humble beginnings and a turbulent childhood. When Dickens was a child, his father was imprisoned for debt, and Dickens was put to work in a factory. After his father's release, Dickens attended school in London and then rose to success, first as a reporter and then as a writer of fiction. Pip's relationship with Estella contains elements of Dickens's life, as well. In "An Introduction to Charles Dickens's Great Expectations," for instance, Phillip V. Allingham states that "the...

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