This classic tale follows Pip as he grows from a young boy living on the marshes to a young man working his way into another social class. Pip is given big opportunities and great expectations are set. It really becomes a story of how Pip deals with the expectations set for him. After all, an opportunity is only what one makes of it.
Charles was born in Landport in 1812. His parents fell into the lower-middle class bracket, which would influence his writing later in life. When Dickens was young, his father was sent to debtors prison and Charles was left as the man of the house. Thus, he was forced to get a job in a shoe blackening factory. Later in life, he began to write to free his mind. Undoubtedly, Dickens has created impressionable stories and unique characters that reveal human nature, despite the ugliness it sometimes displays.
As a reflection of his upbringing, Dickens' stories often illustrate how social class in Victorian England affected the people. Many of his characters are considered underdogs struggling to do the unthinkable during that period--rise to another social class. Click on the picture to learn more on Victorian England.