(in englischer Sprache)
I this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and
personal novel, we are invited to share in the
sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from
the village, forge who risks losing himself
in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously
inherits a fortune. The story moves from the
bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to
a thrilling climax which mingles tragedy and
Sprecher: Anton Lesser (314 Min.)
Narrated in the first person, Great Expectations tells the story of Philip Pirrip (known as Pip) from his disadvantaged start as an orphan in the Kent marshes to the improvement in his position following an anonymous allowance. Pip moves to London where, only after many trials, does he learn humility and the value of loyalty. Key Dickens characters abound – the convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham and the pompous Pumblechook. Great Expectations was first published as a complete novel in October 1861 shortly after its serialisation in All The Year Round. Like David Copperfield, it drew on his early life, especially the trials of a boy who, about to enter his teen years, find himself challenged by tough life experiences. Among the many remarkable scenes is the famous meeting with Miss Havisham, surrounded by the mementos of her wedding day many years before. It remains one of Dickens’ most popular novels.
When the orphaned Pip comes into a mysterious fortune, he's able to realize his dream of becoming a gentleman. Newly rich, and with the manners to prove it, he snubs his old friends and hopes to marry the haughty Estella. One stormy night Pip learns the truth about his benefactor, and while his physical struggles have ended, Pip's moral challenges are just beginning. Comical yet deeply moving, "Great Expectations" features some of Dickens's most memorable characters, including the convict Magwitch and the jilted Miss Havisham.