Review | Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

#QOTD – How do you deal with expectations?

For me, when I don’t have any expectation, I cannot be disappointed. Yet, expectations have a way of creeping into our lives, and make our minds despirited. But I know many for whom expectations work as a motivation boost. I think, it is a optimism versus pessimism battle.

The novel, Great Expectations, centers around Pip, an orphan who lives with his sister and her husband, and who is given the chance to make himself a gentleman by a mysterious benefactor. We have the eccentric Miss Havisham, who was left at the alter and since then she is frozen in time. There is also Estella, the cold yet beautiful Estella, with whom Pip falls in love with and desperately wants to be worthy of her.

This novel is the perfect study of the differences between the classes, and how money can corrupt. The novel makes clear that money cannot buy love, nor does it always brings happiness. One of the happiest—and most morally correct people in the novel is Joe, Pip’s sister’s husband. And, Miss Havisham is one of the richest yet the loneliest and the most unhappy. Pip’s belief that if he can be a gentleman, he will have everything he wants from the world, is shattered when he learns of his mysterious benefactor.

I read this book almost 14 years ago and just about everyone with whom I have had a discussion about it, has known their own Estella — someone or some unobtainable thing that they’ve strived for, that they’ve loved against reason, and against all discouragement that could be.

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