Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens that was first published as a serial in Dickens's magazine, All the Year Round, in 1860. Many of the events from Dickens's early life are mirrored in Great Expectations, which, apart from David Copperfield, is his most autobiographical novel.


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Literary Devices

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