Great Expectations

Great Expectations

It’s a staple in bookcases around the world, and its enduring presence indicates the timelessness and canon-worthiness of this sweeping coming-of-age narrative. This series explores key elements of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel.

  • Library: Secondary
  • Audience: Middle - Senior Secondary (Year 9-12)
  • Rating: E
  • Subject: English
  • Release Date: November 2016
  • Produced: Australia

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Programme Information

Context and Background

Context and Background

This programme delves into the who, what, when, where and why of Great Expectations. Locate Charles Dickens’ masterpiece in its historical context and learn about the real-life events that prompted him to pen this beloved bildungsroman. The hero, Pip, is presented against the detailed backdrop of the Industrial Revolution and the age of the ‘self-made man’.

ACELT1774, ACELT1772, ACEEN001, ACEEN021

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Joe, Estella and Magwitch

Joe, Estella and Magwitch

The characters of Great Expectations are just as vivid now as when they were created in the 1800s. As Pip journeys from childhood to adulthood, his encounters with an eclectic cast of characters help define his growth and development to maturity. This programme looks at three of the key characters in Pip’s progress – Joe Gargery, Estella and Magwitch.

ACELT1642, ACELT1774, ACELT1772, ACEEN024

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Appearance versus Reality

Appearance versus Reality

All is not as it seems in young Philip Pirrip’s world. Trace the densely woven theme of appearance versus reality through Great Expectations and gain a greater appreciation of Dickens’ thematic and stylistic craftsmanship. This programme considers the notions of expectation, gentility, and success and how they are revealed through the characters and plot of this classic novel.

ACELT1642, ACELT1774, ACELT1772, ACEEN024

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Dickens' Writing Style

Dickens' Writing Style

As the world entered the 20th century, technology was changing the way people lived. This programme examines some of the significant advancements in communication, infrastructure and transport, medicine and public health. In the post-war boom, unprecedented consumerism took hold. Technology continued its advance unabated and in today’s digital world, it shapes our lives more than at any time in history.

ACELT1641, ACELT1642, ACELT1774, ACELT1772, ACEEN005, ACEEN027

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