BRIEF QUEST TO PERIOD, GENRE AND AUTHOR OF NOVEL
Great Expectation is set in early Victorian England, a time great social changes were affecting the nation. It is serialized between 1860 and 1861. With the Industrial Revolution of the time, the position of people changed in society. There were the Aristocracy, the middle-class, and the working class. Each one of them behaved in society with its own set of characteristics. The Industrial Revolution was responsible for major political and economic changes that took place within society during this time. The gap between classes became huge. On the one hand poverty increased and people had to work very bad conditions, on the other hand middle class became more and more rich. So division between rich and poor was out of control. People’s expectations were changed after revolution because they started to look for opportunities to become rich or to live in better conditions. Urbanization took place with those expectations.
Charles Dickens was a person of Victorian Age. He was born at 1812 in England as a middle class child. But his father was arrested for his debts at the age of 12, and then he has to work but his expectations probably were different. After his father was free he turned back to school. Eventually he became a law clerk, than a court reporter and finally a novelist. From his first novel, he had been always a popular and successful novelist to the end of his life, and after his death at 1870 he still is.
One of his greatest and most sophisticated novels is “Great Expectations” which is written as genre “Bildungsroman”, which is the story of a person from childhood to adulthood. This kind of novels covers its character’s psychological, moral and social developments, another word; those stories describe a process of self discovery trough experiences of their protagonists. On this point, we can find lots of similarities between Dickens’s own experiences and his protagonist in “Great Expectation”, Pip’s...