Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens that was first published in 1860. Today, this coming-of-age story about a young man named Pip is considered a defining novel of the 19th century. Explore a character analysis of Pip, plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in Great Expectations and in-depth analyses of Pip, Estella, Miss Havisham, Abel Magwitch, and Joe Gargery.

Literary Devices

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Questions & Answers

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Further Study

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