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PostSubject: Great Expectations   Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:14 pm

So, alot of Freshman this year are reading Great Expectations. Most of us think it's one of the worst books in the world, save for A Tale of Two Cities. But, if you can try to read through the fancy language, it has a good plot. It's about a boy who lives with his sister and brother-in-law because his parents are dead. Him and his brother-in-law become friends, and help each other out when the sister goes "On the Rampage". He eventually meet the strange Miss Havisham, and it leads to him wanting more from life. He knows two girls, and likes both of them, but wants only one of them. And, I can't tell you the rest, because you'll need to read the ending for yourself. I've read it twice, and you might like the ending, or you might not. But, read through the text, read between the lines, and see what the simple meaning behind this timeless classic is.
And it really is timeless. haven't you felt discontened with your material things before? Haven't you searched within yourself to figure out who you are and who you want to be? Those are the same things Pip goes through, and we can all relate very well to it. So, put forth some effort in your Language Arts class, and at least try to read it without sleeping!
-Rachelle41 I love you
P.S. This is also the only book I've picked up in awhile, so what was I supposed to post about?
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PostSubject: Re: Great Expectations   Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:34 am

It's funny, I've had this book on my shelf for about three years now, but I've never read it (it isn't in any of our curriculum)...Yet it's taking up precious shelf-space. Fancy language from that era has never really scared me off, but I've never read Charles Dickens' style, so I'm not sure I'll like it...However, if you think it's halfway decent, I suppose I'll just have to add it to my Winter Reading List! Besides, this "Pip" sounds like a cutie, and I've heard good things about Charles Dickens.

I'll tell ya' what I think of it!


Life is like thunder; powerful, confusing, wonderous, loud, inexplainable, sudden, beautiful in ways you can't even begin to describe, and completely unexpected. Death is like lightning; it strikes even the most powerful things, and shoots through the ground to everyone nearby, leaving them with only a painful aftershock.

Almost dying changes nothing. Dying changes everything.

Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.
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PostSubject: Re: Great Expectations   Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Great Expectations is my second favourite book by Dickens. It weaves a wonderful tale about a boy who, as he grows, wants more from life. He learns about the world, what it has to offer and what he has to offer it. Pip learns what it's like to feel unstaisfied and satisfied, love and hate, contempt and happiness. As Chelle said, it's amazingly timeless. We had to read it at Canterbury last year, and most of my class really enjoyed it. I wish you the best of luck reading it, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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PostSubject: Re: Great Expectations   Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:46 pm

Like Chelle, I've read this once before and am reading it a second time in my language arts class. While everyone around me seems to hate it (or says 'at least its not A Tale of Two Cities') I enjoy it. Ms. Havisham is a interesting character, who, I'm sure you all agree, is crazy. Pip is everything we are-curious, hopefuly, positive, happy. He wants struggles with love (Biddy and Estella), happiness (having so much money but not being content) and life (what does he do after Biddy marries Joe?). It is a lesson written for us-to be happy with what we have, our computers, iPods and cell phones. It is written for the future-a lesson in how even an old city like London can house the most complex characters that are anything but ordinary. And of course it is a lesson for the past-for the readers who read it when it was first published to understand that the young of society thought brilliantly as well. It is timeless, ageless and wonderful. Well done Dickens, well done.
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