Great Expectations is an exhilarating tale of a passionate, romantic, and somewhat unrealistic person named Pip. When the story starts he is an orphan boy being raised by his sister. He encounters a convict which orders food and a file from him. The Pip and the convict, Abel Magwitch, take a liking to one another, especially when Magwitch protects Pip by saying he (Magwitch) took the food. .
Pip is taken by his uncle to Satis house where he meets Estella. Although she treats him coldly and contemptuously he falls in love with her and wants to become a gentleman in the hopes he might be worthy of Estella. Against his dreams he becomes a common laborer working in a blacksmithâ€™s forge. .
One day Pip learns is informed that a secret benefactor has left him a great fortune, and he must go to London to collect. When he gets to London he starts his education to be a gentleman. He is tutored by Matthew Pocket, his friendâ€˜s, Herbert, father. Although he is striving to become a gentleman, Herbert and Pip lead an undisciplined life.
Pip soon returns home for a funeral. He learns the who provided him with his fortune, no other than Magwitch. Because Magwitch was moved by the kindness of Pip when he was a boy, he provided him with his fortune. Pip is appalled at first, but feels obligated to help Magwitch out of London since the police and a rival, Compeyson, are after him. Pip learns Compeyson had left Estellaâ€™s mom at the alter and had a grudge against Magwitch because of his relations with Estellaâ€™s mom. He figures out that Estella is Magwitchâ€™s daughter, and his intentions were to make him into a gentleman so he could marry his daughter, Estella. Pip has a newfound respect for Magwitch. Estellaâ€™s momâ€™s intentions were to toy with Pipâ€™s emotions to get revenge for her torn heart, but she is only apologetic to Pip soon before her death.