Great Expectations – reviewed by Cindy Sajnin

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Reviewed by Cindy Sajnin (14 years old.  Argentina)

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When our teacher suggested that we should read “Great Expectations”, I immediately agreed because I’ve learnt a lot by reading Charles Dickens’ books, such as the fact that love and friendship are more important than money and one’s position in society. So, I expected to learn more about life and human relationships.

The action takes place in England in the nineteenth century, where Philip Pirrip lives with his sister, Mrs Gargery and with Joe Gargery too! One day a lawyer called Mr Jaggers gives Pip the chance to study to become a gentleman in London. What is more, Pip has a benefactor who he thinks is Miss Havisham, but in the end he learns that the convict, Abel Magwitch, is his real benefactor. He is also in love with Stella, whom, at the end of the story, he marries after a lot of misunderstandings.

I liked the story very much because it’s a novel about human nature, I didn’t like the part where Pip is tormented by his sister and later on by Stella. My favourite part was the end of the story when Pip finds happiness at last. I didn’t like it when, at the very beginning, the convict treats Pip badly. I didn’t like most of the characters because they are cruel and cold. My favourite character is Pip, because he is loyal, capable and trustworthy. I also liked him because he always has the strength to face all the problems he has. The storyline is so interesting that I couldn’t put the book down.

This reader affected me because I realised how lucky I am, because I have a warm home, food and my parents’ love. When I finished reading the book, I felt really happy because in the end Pip’s life changes for the better. The story changed my way of thinking because I started giving more value to the things I have and to the great education I get every day.

The author has a close observation of every single thing and that contributed heavily to his writing. Most of his characters seem to be a bit exaggerated and outlandish and some others, quite common. Charles Dickens did a great job, because Great Expectations also shows the social changes at that time and the way people used to live too! I wouldn’t have written the story in a different way because as it is, it is wonderful to learn more about human nature.

I liked the story a lot, because it is very nice, and because I could learn lots of things as I had expected to, such as always having the strength to face our problems. I think everybody should read this story because it is very interesting and it changes the way everybody is used to thinking. What is more, it can broaden your knowledge about the lifestyle people used to have some years ago!