Do Now • What do you think of when you hear the word success? What does it mean to you?
Background on England in the 1800s • The 1800s were a turbulent time in England. • Poverty and disease were rampant. • The legal system was unjust. • Many abuses • No rights for children • Money could solve any problem • Women had few legal rights. • If a divorce should occur, the husband received the children and any and all property or belongings of the wife, even if they were in her possession before the marriage.
Charles Dickens • 1812-1870 • Worked in a factory as a child • This experience had a profound effect on his writing. • Campaigned for social reform • Critique of the harsh living conditions of England are often seen in his novels • One of the most celebrated and important English authors • Wrote some of the most memorable characters in all of literature • Ebenezer Scrooge • A Christmas Carol 1843 • Oliver Twist • February 1837 – April 1839 • David Copperfield • May 1849 – November 1850 • Wrote Great Expectations in two chapter, weekly installments in the publication All the Year Round from December 1860 to August 1861
Guiding Questions • Protagonist: Phillip Pirrip – “Pip” • Guiding Questions • What does it mean to have “great expectations”? • How do the hopes and dreams of the characters in the book grow and change as the story progresses? • What are the possible benefits and downfalls of achieving everything you have ever wanted? How does this relate to the characters in the book?
Bildungsroman • Story is an example of a bildungsroman • A German word meaning “a novel of self-cultivation” • a novelistic form that concentrates on the development and growth of the protagonist usually from childhood to maturity • “Coming of age story” • The protagonist goes on a journey of some kind. • The novel ends with an understanding by the protagonist of himself/herself and his/her new place in the world.
Themes • Good vs. Evil and Right vs. Wrong • Struggle Between Social Classes • Ambition • The Burden of Guilt
Classwork • Complete worksheet on Predictions.
Homework • Read Chapters 1-3 of Great Expectations and complete corresponding questions.
Do Now • The feeling of being lonely is an inevitable part of the human experience. However, some people’s lives are particularly lonelier than others. How is loneliness embodied in the opening chapters of the story?
Chapters 1-3 • Why is the first chapter so important? • Compare and contrast Pip and the first convict. • What examples of humor can be found in the first chapter? • Explain why the story is more interesting written in first person point of view. • Explain how guilt has affected Pip’s life.
Chapters 1-3 • Discuss the theme of right and wrong or good and evil found in these first three chapters. • How is the relationship between Pip and his sister different from the relationship between Pip and Joe?
Classwork • Complete character web worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 4-5 and complete corresponding questions.
Do Now • What do you think it says about a person when he is willing to offer compassion to another who may not necessarily be deserving of such a feeling?
Chapters 4-5 • Describe the Christmas dinner from Pip’s point of view. • How are the attitudes of Pip and Joe toward the first convict similar? How does the convict’s behavior warrant compassion? • What themes are beginning to emerge from these chapters?
Chapters 4-5 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 6-7 and complete corresponding questions.
Do Now • As human beings, we treat the different people in our lives in different ways, based on the relationship we may have with them. However, it can be argued that everyone in your life has a sense of the person that you truly are. Do you agree with that statement? Or do you think it’s possible to treat the varied people in your life in completely different ways?
Chapters 6-7 • How does Dickens build suspense in his novel? • Explain how the bond between Pip and Joe becomes even stronger. • Describe Joe’s relationship with Pip and his relationship with his wife.
Chapters 6-7 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 8-15 for Friday 1/3 and Chapters 16-19 for Tuesday 1/7 of Great Expectations and answer corresponding questions.
Do Now • How do the authors or directors of your favorite books and movies keep you interested throughout? What do they do to ensure you keep reading or watching?
Chapters 8-9 • How does Pip’s first day at Miss Havisham’s change him forever? • Give examples of Joe’s goodness. • Compare Miss Havisham and Satis House. • Describe Estella and her effect on Pip.
Chapters 10-11 • How does Pip’s visit with Miss Havisham and her wedding cake affect him? • What does Dickens use to create suspense and interest in the novel? • Discuss Pip’s encounter with Miss Havisham’s relatives. What are his impressions of them? • How is humor used concerning Pip and the pale young gentleman?
Chapters 12-13 • How has Pip changed? Give examples of his dissatisfaction with his life and family. • How is Pip affected by being apprenticed to Joe? • Describe Uncle Pumblechook.
Chapters 14-15 • Describe Orlick. • Describe Pip’s return to see Miss Havisham. How is he feeling? What is really motivating him to go back there? • Describe the current state of Joe and Pip’s relationship.
Chapters 16-17 • Describe Biddy. How does she differ from Estella? • Explain the relationship between Pip and Biddy. • Discuss the attack on Mrs. Joe. How has it affected Pip?
Chapters 18-19 • Describe the circumstances or coincidences that help make Pip believe Miss Havisham is his benefactor. • Discuss the first stage of Pip’s life. How can this stage be called one of innocence or childhood? • Discuss the two settings in the novel – that of Satis House and that of the forge with its marshes. What characters are associated with each, and how do they affect Pip? • Dickens is well-known for his life like characters. Explain how he uses them to add meaning to the story thus far. • Do any of the characters we’ve seen so far embody stereotypes? (the spoiled rich girl, the uneducated poor man, etc.) Which characters show stereotyping and how?
Homework • Read Chapters 20-23 of Great Expectations and answer corresponding questions.
Do Now • In these chapters, we’re introduced to the character of Belinda who seems to be an “ornamental” person; she is of a high social class but is incapable of caring for her household or children. Due to the fact that Pip is learning how to be a gentleman but is not learning a trade or anything substantial, do you think he could be classified in the same way? Why or why not?
Chapters 20-23 • Discuss Pip’s impressions of London. • Describe Mr. Jaggers’s office and how it is representative of the lawyer. • What does Pip find out about Miss Havisham’s past? Relate her story and its effects upon her life. • Discuss how Herbert’s new name for Pip is appropriate. • What is Pip’s impression of Belinda and Matthew Pocket’s home life? • Compare Belinda Pocket’s obsession with social status and nobility with that of Pip’s quest for social status and becoming a gentleman.
Chapters 20-23 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 24-25 of Great Expectations and answer corresponding questions.
Do Now • We are getting near the half way point of the novel. What stands out to you the most about the story? What do you find most interesting? Is there anything that’s happened in the story that mirrors your own life? What do you like the best? The least?
Chapters 24-25 • Does Pip have a high opinion of his tutor? • Describe the dual personalities of Mr. John Wemmick. • Describe Mr. Wemmick’s life at Walworth. • Discuss the irony of Mr. Wemmick’s labors at the Castle being an acceptable source of pride, and Joe’s labors as a blacksmith being unacceptable to Pip.
Chapters 26-27 • Compare and contrast Pip’s dinner engagement at the home of Mr. Jaggers with that of Mr. Wemmick. • Discuss Joe’s visit with Pip. How has Pip changed? • In your opinion, what characteristics make a gentleman?
Chapters 24-27 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 28-29 of Great Expectations and complete corresponding questions.
Do Now • In these chapters, Miss Havisham encourages Pip to love Estella, even if she attempts to push him away or treats him poorly. What do you think of people who continually put up with tough situations in relationships? Are they foolish for sticking it out? Or are they simply trying to do what they can to make the relationship work?
Chapters 28-29 • Discuss the different kinds of love presented in the novel. • Describe how Dickens uses coincidence to piece together his novel, and how the coincidences affect Pip. • How has the relationship between Joe and Pip changed from the beginning of the novel? Explain the reasons for the changes.
Chapters 28-29 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 30-31 of Great Expectations and answer corresponding questions.
Do Now • Unrequited love is experienced by arguably everyone at some point in life. Pip is in the midst of this feeling right now. Have you experienced this feeling? How did you deal with it? How did the situation work out?
Chapters 30-31 • How is Pip received when he visits his village? How does he act? • What is a farce, and how is Mr. Wopsle’s performance an example of this term?
Chapters 30-31 • Complete classwork worksheet.
Homework • Read Chapters 32-33 of Great Expectations and answer corresponding questions.
Do Now • Can money buy happiness? Explain your reasoning.
Chapters 32-33 • Discuss the influence of prisons, convicts, and criminal lawyers upon Pip’s life. • Explain why Mr. Wemmick is compared to a gardener in Newgate Prison. • Does wealth bring happiness to Pip? Explain this in terms of Pip and Estella’s relationship. • How have Miss Havisham’s relatives played a part in Estella’s and Pip’s lives? • Define and discuss the use of similes in these two chapters.
Chapters 32-33 • In your group, look for relevant quotes that reflect the themes of the novel. • Good vs. Evil and Right vs. Wrong • Struggles Between Social Classes • Ambition and Self-Improvement • Guilt and Innocence