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Great Expectations (Ignatius Critical...

Pope John Paul II described Dickens' books as "filled with love for the poor and a sense of social regeneration . . . warm with imagination and humanity". Such true charity permeates Dickens novels and ultimately drives the characters either to choose regeneration or risk disintegration. In Great Expectations, Pip symbolic of the pilgrim convert gains both improved fortunes and a growth in wisdom, but as he acquires the latter, he must relinquish the former ending with a wealth of profound goodness, not of worldly goods. That the Dickensian message was a Christian one is unmistakable. Reminiscent of an Augustinian model, one of reflection, conversion, and moral improvement, Pip undergoes an internal change that manifests itself in his profound contrition for his earlier deeds and his equally profound resolution to make amends.
Categories: Religion & Spirituality

Item Information

ISBN: 1586174266
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Manufacturer: Ignatius Press
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704
US Salesrank: 361998
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