i am studying for finals and all!
i have to do a presentation on great expectations by charles dickens do any of you know the significance of it?
Hey, good luck! Maybe you could consider the importance of the ending, as it differs depending on how the reader interprets it...
And the significance of the novel? Well, that's difficult.. if you mean historically, then it's part of the realism movement (sorta!). Dickens did investigations into the poor and their horrid living conditions.. and that actually helped because it lead legislators to sit up and take notice... Look how Dickens describes London.. etc.
You could look at the contrast between town and country... which is an important theme in 19th C writing...
Of course... the contrast between rich and poor too... the aspirations of Pip and his humble beginning. That's also to do with roots, which have always been important in Eng Lit... the idea of who your family was.. liike if you're a noble man or if you have a low origin. It's important for your position in society.. class etc.
And then there's the gothic which obviously impressed upon Dickens mind.. and it was a popular genre.. although a bit out of style by the lateer 19th C.... the gothic in GE is with Miss Haversham.... she's quite freaky!
And you could also talk about the fact it was a serial.. and hwat impact that has on the novel as a whole as we read it today all in one go.. not as a serial... but imagine how it would have felt.. having to wait for hte next installment! An edition with the beginning and end of each episode is useful, as it illustrates the novel as it was first seen and experienced.