Ch 2: Great Expectations Analysis & Literary Devices

About This Chapter

The Analysis & Literary Devices chapter of this ''Great Expectations'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to analyze the presence of literary devices in the novel. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the significance of the book's literary devices.

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Anyone who needs help analyzing the literary devices in Great Expectations will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the effect of these elements on the book. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in their studying of Great Expectations
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Great Expectations Analysis & Literary Devices chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter analyzes the material students need to know about the literary devices within Great Expectations for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • A general analysis of the novel
  • The original and alternate ending of the book
  • Dissecting the themes and meaning of Great Expectations
  • The use of motifs and allusions in the novel

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: Great Expectations Analysis & Literary Devices
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Great Expectations Analysis

1. Great Expectations Analysis

This lesson highlights some of the main themes of ''Great Expectations,'' Dickens' enduringly popular novel about a young man growing up and trying to find his place in the world.

Great Expectations Ending: Original & Alternate

2. Great Expectations Ending: Original & Alternate

In this lesson, we will reevaluate Pip as a hero in 'Great Expectations' and examine the implications of the two endings that Charles Dickens composed for the novel.

Great Expectations Themes & Meaning

3. Great Expectations Themes & Meaning

Charles Dickens' 1861 novel, ''Great Expectations,'' is widely considered a masterpiece of English literature. The novel explores iconic universal themes, capturing readers' imaginations even today.

Motifs in Great Expectations

4. Motifs in Great Expectations

This lesson will examine the major motifs in Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations.' A motif is a recurring idea that helps support the major themes of the novel as a whole. In this novel, there are two main motifs: doubles and frequent descriptions of humans in terms of inanimate objects.

Allusions in Great Expectations

5. Allusions in Great Expectations

Often in literature, the best way for an author to convey his message is with an allusion, or reference to another author's work. In this lesson, we will examine some of the allusions featured in Charles Dickens's 'Great Expectations,' and we will pay special attention to the Gothic and to Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'

Figurative Language & Metaphors in Great Expectations

6. Figurative Language & Metaphors in Great Expectations

This lesson will explore some of the figurative language used in Charles Dickens 'Great Expectations', specifically some examples of personification, hyperbole, irony, and simile. It will also examine some metaphors from the novel.

Symbols in Great Expectations

7. Symbols in Great Expectations

'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens follows the story of Pip, an orphan living with his sister in Kent. In this lesson, we will discuss the novel's many symbols, including the Satis House, the rising mists, and keys.

Imagery in Great Expectations

8. Imagery in Great Expectations

This lesson will take a look at the ways Charles Dickens uses imagery in ''Great Expectations''. Dickens uses imagery to highlight the theme of social class, for foreshadowing and symbolism, and to reflect the mood of the main character, Pip.

Irony & Satire in Great Expectations

9. Irony & Satire in Great Expectations

This lesson will examine the ways Charles Dickens uses irony and satire in his novel 'Great Expectations'. We will learn how irony and satire help Dickens achieve an effective social critique while keeping readers engaged, and at times, laughing.

Foreshadowing in Great Expectations

10. Foreshadowing in Great Expectations

This lesson will explore examples of foreshadowing in Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'. Notably, Dickens uses foreshadowing related to the convict Magwitch, the weather, and the eccentric Miss Havisham.

Conflict in Great Expectations

11. Conflict in Great Expectations

On the face of it, Charles Dickens' classic, Great Expectations, seems to be another tale of how a poor orphan boy makes good. But through the story of Pip's life, Dickens deeply examines conflicts of loyalty, love and law.

Love & Guilt in Great Expectations

12. Love & Guilt in Great Expectations

In Dickens' 'Great Expectations,' love and guilt are frequently, messily intertwined. This lesson explores how love and guilt are connected in some of the novel's key relationships.

Great Expectations Literary Criticism

13. Great Expectations Literary Criticism

This lesson is focused on the literary criticism that has been written on Charles Dickens's ~'Great Expectations.~' We will define what literary criticism is and then work through three relevant texts from the last hundred years.

Great Expectations Vocabulary Flashcards

Great Expectations Vocabulary Flashcards

Are you reading or preparing to read Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'? Review these flashcards to familiarize yourself with some of the more challenging words you will come across in this classic piece of literature.

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