What are the effects of having Pip as a retrospective narrator throughout Great Expectations?

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What are the effects of having Pip as a retrospective narrator throughout Great Expectations? Charles Dickens wrote great expectations in 1861 chapter by chapter for the journal newspaper. It is regarded today as one of his finest achievements. It follows the story of Pip and the mysterious fortune that falls into his lap. We see him rejects his old friends and watch his growth through pain and mishap in to maturity. This is the basis for a story where violence and guilt mix with sharp grotesque comedy to produce a charming tale, what is ultimately a love story. One between a young boy and the girl he cannot have and another between the same young boy and the life of the upper-classes which he so desperately craves. The Novel gives a great insight into 19th century Britain. Dickens is well known for writing about social issues in the Victorian era and Great Expectations is no exception. Dickens was obsessed with the poor way of living probably due to his own deprived childhood, like his own; many of his portrayed characters didn’t have particularly happy childhood. His father was unable to stay out of debt and this lead to his eventual imprisonment. At the time Dickens grew up there was very little education for the average child, with only the wealth and privileged paying for a basic education. People were imprisoned for just being poor and children if they were orphaned. The social situation fascinated Dickens throughout his childhood and this obsession continued during this adult life. The story of Great Expectations is written around a poor society to begin with, the type of people able to read at the time of the story being published would have been more upper class, this probably added interest, to see how other people lived. The story is written through Pips eyes and this does add a lot of interest into the book. At the beginning of
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