“Great Expectations” is a novel written by Charles Dickens and first published in 1861. The novel is a powerful exploration of the theme of personal growth and the search for identity set against the backdrop of 19th-century England. The story follows the life of Pip, an orphan who is given the opportunity to rise above his humble beginnings and fulfill his “great expectations” of wealth and success. As Pip navigates the complexities of society and the pitfalls of his own ambition, he learns the true meaning of love, friendship, and the importance of staying true to oneself. Through its memorable characters, vivid descriptions, and powerful storytelling, “Great Expectations” remains one of Dickens’ most widely read and beloved works and continues to captivate audiences with its timeless themes and powerful commentary on the human condition.
Great Expectations came in on fourth place when BBC named ”The 100 greatest British novels” in 2015.