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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: class prejudices, the convict stain and a corpse-bride

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An interesting analysis of the classic Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Says author Sascha Morrell (Monash University, Australia), the novel exposes "...the material underpinnings of elevated social status. In turn, it exposes the arbirariness of class prejudice" such as when Magwitch's co-accused, Compeyson, receives better treatments because he's dressed better.

Also via Magwitch, Pip's benefactor, Dickens highlights "...the structural dependence of the British ruling classes on the explotation of oppressed groups at home and abroad."

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