Critical Essays On Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations" Essay

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A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations"

Of all the modern theories that are embraced under the umbrella-term of `critical Theory', feminist criticism is undoubtedly the most agreeable to apply. Drawing on notions and theories from psychoanalytical criticism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, and Marxist criticism, it seeks to bring to light the inequality between the sexes in literature, and how our entire social ideology is in fact structured according to `the male gaze'. As Barry points out in Beginning Theory, the representation of women in literature ."..provided the role models which indicated to women, and men, what constituted acceptable versions of the `feminine' and legitimate…show more content…

Elements from all of the mentioned feminist critique approaches can help illustrate the social constraints and stereotypes that permeate the novel, and will enable us to observe how Dickens' own view of women helped to manifest such strictly antithetical female characters.

Dickens' women fall into clear categories - they either willingly undertake their `dutiful' domestic duties, very much in line with traditional Victorian values at the time - or rebel against it, and are thus depicted as almost villainous. A prime example is the depiction of Mrs Joe. Her constant abuse and violence toward Pip and her husband is the complete antithesis to Dickens' archetypal female ideal. Mrs Joe alienates the reader through her lack of compassion and love for the young Pip, and Dickens' thus creates in the mind of the reader a dislike for deviation from the domestic role. There are many references to her disagreeable nature, particularly in her

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Sites about Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

With many plot twists and personality conflicts, the main character Pip grows up, falls in love, gains an education, works, probably marries his sweetheart.

Characters: Pip, Miss Havisham, Abel Magwitch, , Joe Gargery, Estella

Critical sites about Great Expectations

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Symbolism, Imagery, Motif
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/imageov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written paper on the subject of use of symbolism and imagery in Great Expectation. The papers were written by undergraduate college students under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context, Character Analysis
From:Victorian Web
Keywords:
 
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Characterization
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/charov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written paper on the subject of characterization in Great Expectation. The papers were written by undergraduate college students under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
From:Victorian Web
Keywords:
 
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Gender Matters
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/genderov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of bibliographies dealing with Great Expectation and its historical context on several issues. The bibliographies were written by undergraduate college students under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
From:Victorian Web
Keywords: gender, politics, crime, family
 
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Literary Relations: Sources, Analogues, Influences
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/litrel.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
Keywords: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Lewis Carroll, Harriet Martineau, George MacDonald, Ann Radcliffe, Graham Swift, Alfred Lord Tennyson.
 
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Setting
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/settingov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written paper on the subject of nature and implications of the settings in Great Expectation. The papers were written by undergraduate college students under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
From:Victorian Web
Keywords:
 
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Social and Political Contexts
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/ge/gesocov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
From:Victorian Web
Keywords:
 

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