Great Expectations – reviewed by Tiffany Cairati

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Reviewed by Tiffany Cairati

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This story is about a poor child, who wants to become a gentleman, be educated and marry a young lady called Estella. But when he discovers who his benefactor is, he is disappointed.

The main characters in Great Expectations are Philip Pirrip, Pip and Abel Magwitch, the convict. At the beginning of this story the two of them meet. Pip helps the convict by giving him food and a file and as the story unfolds we realise that it is the convict who has helped Pip by giving him money whenever he needs it. Pip believes all the time that the one who has given him the money was Miss Havisham, she was the one who had brought up Estella, the girl Pip is in love with. But then he discovers that the convict, Abel Magwitch, is his benefactor so he doesn´t want to have his money.

Later, some secrets from the past are revealed, for example, the young lady Estella is the convicts´s daughter. Estella´s mother is Molly, Mr. Jagger´s servant, Mr. Jagger is Miss Havisham´s lawyer. Compeyson, who was another convict and Abel´s enemy turns out to be Miss Havisham´s fiance who walks out on her.

In my opinion, Great Expectations is an interesting book, because once you start reading you can´t put the book down. For me, it is one of the best books I´ve read in a long time and I absolutely reccommed it.

(Tiffany is 14 and attends Eccleston School in Beunos Aires, Argentina)