Ch 1: Literary Context for Great Expectations

About This Chapter

The Literary Context chapter of this ''Great Expectations'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to learn about the contextual components of 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 literary context of the book.

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Anyone who needs help understanding the literary context of Great Expectations will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the contextual facets of the novel. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • 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

How It Works:

  • 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 Literary Context chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary context of Great Expectations for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • An introduction to Charles Dickens
  • An overview of plot, characters and social class in Great Expectations
  • The time period of the novel
  • Great Expectations as a Bildungsroman
  • Understanding the timeline of the book
  • The significance of Satis House and Newgate Prison in Great Expectations
  • The role of setting and vocabulary in the novel

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Context for Great Expectations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

1. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

2. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

Great Expectations Time Period

3. Great Expectations Time Period

After finishing this lesson, you will understand how and why Charles Dickens chose the time period for his coming-of-age novel ''Great Expectations''. You will also briefly explore the social context of the Victorian Age in which his novel is set.

Great Expectations: Genre & Bildungsroman

4. Great Expectations: Genre & Bildungsroman

In 'Great Expectations,' Charles Dickens uses elements of multiple genres in telling the story of Pip, the protagonist, who narrates the novel. As such, it can be called a bildungsroman: a novel charting a protagonist's intellectual and emotional development.

Great Expectations Timeline

5. Great Expectations Timeline

In this lesson we will explore the timeline of ''Great Expectations.~' We will look at the important things that happen in the story. We will also see how these important events line up with Pip's age and the chapters in the book.

Satis House & Newgate Prison in Great Expectations

6. Satis House & Newgate Prison in Great Expectations

In 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, Satis House and Newgate Prison are places of interest and importance. In this lesson, we will take a look at both and consider what each may represent.

Great Expectations Setting

7. Great Expectations Setting

This lesson will explore the setting of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'. We will take a closer look at the time period of this classic novel, as well as some of the specific places where the action happens under the main categories of country and city.

Great Expectations Vocabulary

8. Great Expectations Vocabulary

In this lesson we will explore some of the more challenging vocabulary used in Charles Dickens' novel ''Great Expectations'' so we can better understand and enjoy the story.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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