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, the 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, Joe Gargery, and more. You can also read an essay on the significance of the character of Wemmick.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Great Expectations, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


Get ready to ace your Great Expectations paper with our suggested essay topics, helpful essays about historical and literary context, a sample A+ student essay, and more.

Further Study

Go further in your study of Great Expectations with background information about Charles Dickens and the novel, movie adaptations, links to resources around the web, and suggested further readings.