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The Grotesque Museum in Dickens’ Great Expectations

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Author(s): Ehsan Hafezikermani | Roshanak Fazli

Journal: Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
ISSN 2223-2613

Volume: 16;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Key Words: Charles Dickens | Grotesque | Caricature | Macabre | Gothic | Satire | Bizarre

ABSTRACT
This novel is Dickens' thirteenth novel and was first printed in the weekly magazine All The Year Round in 1860 (GE Introduction, v). It is a Bildungsroman and its characters are developing through the story. So, Dickens, from the beginning, uses Pip as his camera to display almost everything using grotesquery elements in the novel. Pip makes different mental pictures in the story about most of the things, and it shows that he is changing his mind as he is growing up. So, the idea of grotesquery is evolving too; for instance, ideas of Pip about Magwitch are changed from the opening to the end of the story. In this book, grotesquery features are separated into three parts including characters, environment, and situations. Here, the main idea of the grotesquery can be connected to the Dickens’ skills of visualization, especially expressionistic, which he as a writer detailed their effects on the narrator. Each image and notion can have different purposes in the novel, and at the end, they can be associated with the central ideas or themes of the novel.
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