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Fantastic Expectations by Charles Dickens 'Great Expectations' was composed by Charles Dickens in 1861. 'Great Expectations' is a coming of age story that revolves around the life of one man Pip. By the time he was seven years old before he had been at the middle thirties, Pip shows us the essential events in his life that shaped that he became. On the way , he enquires many distinct acquaintances and friends that influence him in his conclusions and goals in his life. 'Great Expectations' is a story that people can relate to since at some point, everybody goes through the conflicts that Pip has to battle. It shows that possessions and wealth don't change that people are inside, and that discovering one's self can be a very long process until eventually everything gets clear. 'Great Expectations' discusses various themes on crime, law and the criminal justice system. Through the novel Dickens shows his point of view of criminality and punishment. This is shown in his portraits of all portions of program: the lawyer, the clerk, the judge, the prison police as well as the convicts. He uses characters like Mrs Joe Gargery and Magwitch to define people's common perspectives about crime and punishment and how it is researched through the personality Magwitch. The prison system in England might have had a significant influence in the life and writing of Charles Dickens due to his father's imprisonment John Dickens worked as a clerk at the Navy Pay Office. With seven children, John Dickens found it difficult to provide for his growing family on his meagre income. In 1822 the family moved to Camden Town in London. John Dickens debts had become so severe that the.