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Great Expectations – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis


What up G? Welcome back to Thug
Notes. This week we keepin it Victorian with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens This book tells the story of Pip, a
street kid who be shackin with his crooked sister and her hubby Joe. One day while payin
his respects at his parents’ grave, a cracked out convict rolls up to him and demands some
food and a nail file to escape his chains. Pip helps a brotha out, but later sees that
fool get got by the po-lice. Later, an uppity cracker named
Pumblechook arranges for Pip to kick it with a rich broad named Miss Haversham and her
adopted daughter Estella. Now Estella may be fine, but she be actin a straight cock-tease
to my boy Pip. Pip be thinkin that Miss Haversham wanna prime him to get paid like a gentleman,
but she shuts his ass down and tells him to hustle as a blacksmith with his po Uncle Joe.
Then one day some lawyer named Jaggers tells Pip that he bout to get PAID
and inherit a swoel fortune. So Pip kicks Joe’s po ass to the curb and heads to London
where he gonna learn to be a playa. Pip be thinkin that Miss Haversham gave him all dat
cash, so maybe she be preppin him to marry Estella. One night Pip be visited by some
playa named Abel Magwitch, who turns out to be dat convict from the graveyard. He tells
Pip that it was him who gave Pip all dem stacks of cash. Now Pip be wiggin out that he ain’t bein
primed to marry Estella, so he rolls up to that ho Haversham’s crib and
confesses his love for Estella. But that hood rat shuts this stunna down. Years later, Pip dun fu**ed up and
ends up boned out. Uncle Joe does Pip one last solid and pays off all his debt. Now
Pip be feelin like a fool for dissin him all them years ago. So Pip decide to stop frontin
wit dem rich folk and keeps it real with the boy who got his back. Then one day while peepin
the old Haversham crib, Pip runs in to Estella who be off the short lease of her ex-husband
and Haversham, and decide she wanna be cool with Pip. At the end of the book, Pip say
he “saw no shadow of another parting from her.” Now one of the main things my boy Charlie
D tryin to say up in here is if you makin big ass assumptions about
what the future holds, you sho as hell got anotha thing coming homeboy. You can see this
here disconnect between expectations and reality in the character of Haversham. This broad
always wearin an old crusty wedding dress even though she ain’t married. It’s like
she walkin around erry day showin that she was expectin way more out of life than she
actually got. Likewise, Pip always expectin
righteous things to happen like Miss H makin him a gentleman and gettin freaky with that
girl Estella. But this stunna is blind to the peeps that actually got his back. For example, when Pip finds out it
was Abel that give him those stacks of cash and not that hag Haversham, he gets all crunk
cuz it ain’t what he expected. When on the real, he should be geeked up that he got himself
a sugar daddy. Another theme up in here is that havin mad
money corrupts yo mind and yo social relations. Before Pip becomes
a rich play boy, that gitty cat Pumblechook be disrespectin him all the time. But after
Pip makes bank, Pumblechook starts treatin him like he da man. Also, when my boy Pip gets dem fat
pockets, he starts dissin Joe cuz he all po. On page 197, Pip says He would even PAY to
get Joe’s weak ass outta his face in spite of the fact that on page 127, Pip straght
up calls this stunna an angel. Mo money, Mo problems blood. Consider this sh** right here-
conflicting values in this playa’s life be told trough the images of stars and fire.
That trick Estella’s name comes from a Latin word that means star, whereas my man Joe be
associated with da forge and fireplace. Mah honkie Dickens links that hoe with stars cuz
although stars may be pretty, they straight up unreachable- just like Pip’s romantic
expectations. But on the other hand, fire is of the earth, and Dickens links Joe with
fire to emphasize that down-home feeling of a life in the hood without whack ass delusions. Yo thanks for watchin Thug Notes,
blood. Hit subscribe and tune in next week!

100 thoughts on “Great Expectations – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

  1. I thought it was cool what you said about Estella being like a star because of her name and Joe being like fire because he's a blacksmith. Interesting.

  2. It's a kinda lengthy book but it is totally worth the read 10/10 and no summary can quite do it justice but this is a great review. Some of his greatest work and it doesn't read like a novel that's hundreds of years old, very modern.

  3. GE is one of my favorite books ever. Ive read it a handful of times never really thought about the Estella- Joe being star/heaven/fire/earth connection. New thought on a classic thanks.

  4. In a way, Pip treated Joe the way Estella treated Pip.
    I was expecting AT LEAST some action from Estella to Pip but got nothing 🙁

  5. i read the book, or have to read it for English, but i will say he left some major elements out of the plot, i guess that really doesn't matter, but other wise it was very good analysis

  6. I am French and have to study this book for my exams….saw the number of pages and told myself NVM…"being there is everything" until I found this ! Thanks, you might have saved my school year LOL

  7. I made a mistake of having to write this in an essay, due in a day. I regret it, but if I were to write the theme in a few sentences, what would it be? Heeeeelllllpppp😭😆

    #SOS #Writingmywillrightnow #internallyslowlydying

  8. When your English exam is in 2 hours and you have no idea what the book is even about 😂 thanks for this video is was so helpful!

  9. Wisecrack.. i love how you take the whole cliché modern take on wardrobe, speech, and attitude. And mix it with intellect. i find it both amusing and appealing. 😉

  10. I love this book and this video actually made me understand better the book even though we got the ""modern""" version

  11. wow this book sounds terrible and deathly dull. that's like hundreds of hours of reading you saved me

  12. I liked it, but I think it misses the main point: Estella's mother plotted the whole thing so Pip would fall in love with Estella and get this heart broken, just like hers were after someone left her at the altar.

  13. I just found your channel. We need more humans like you… subbed.
    P.S: I love your fucking library please let me live there I promise I'll be good.

  14. I must say I was a bit disappointed with the summary part. Miss Havisham was always in her wedding gown because she got left at the altar on her wedding day. This made her so heartbroken that she became bitter. When Miss Havisham adopted Estella she went out of her way to train Estella into a being that would toy with and break the hearts of men. Pips older sister was straight up abusive to both Pip and Joe. Orlick was completely unmentioned and was Biddy. Orlick worked for Joe in the forge and was a bully to Pip. He was also the person that wacked Pip's sister upside the head with a slate that caused her to become retarded and later in the book die. Biddy was a young lass who taught Pip to read and also had a crush on him. Pip repeatedly ingnored Biddy's affection for him to chase after Estella. Later in the story, when Estella rather coldly tells him that she plans to marry someone else, Pip is heartbroken and ask Biddy to marry him only to have her tell him she has married Joe.
    So many things that played very important parts to the story as a whole got left out.

  15. I feel like Dickens' original ending fits with this understanding of the book more than the revised one where Pip ends up with Estella. Also where the F were you when I was in 7th grade English class? This would have helped SO MUCH.

  16. The combination of an American black young man, maybe athletic, ruins and doesn't pair well, and takes away the appeal of 1800s, not Victorian but England 1800s fine women, very old, maybe to ruin it even more, dead looking. Not a good ambassador for the summary for this classic and civilized book as Great Expectations. This person takes out the civil life and people in the setting of the book

  17. Setting – After his parents died and he never got to see them, Pip is living in the cold marshes with his older sister and her husband Mr. Joe The Harmonious Blacksmith.
    One day when Pip was sitting by his parent's gravestone, he meets a convict and the convict tells him to bring a nail file and food to him by Christmas morning. Later on Christmas evening, the police comes over to Pip's house to gather help finding the lost convicts. They find Pip's convict and another convict fighting and the Lieutenant sends the convicts back to the ship.
    Later, Uncle Pumblechook tells Pip that he is going to play with Miss Havisham's adopted daughter. Pip is going to Miss Havisham's house every week and play with her daughter which by the way is treating Pip very badly. After Pip reaches adulthood he parts ways with Miss Havisham and her daughter to become a Blacksmith like his brother-in-law Mr. Joe, In reward she gives Pip 25 pounds. Pip went out to Miss Havisham's house to thank her properly, and on his way back he found out that a convict broke free again and hit Pip's sister in the head. For three years his routine changed. One day a lawyer told him that an anonymous person wants to give Pip a fortune, but in order to gain that fortune he has to become a gentleman and move to London. He heads out to London in order to learn how to become a true gentleman. One night Pip's getting a visit from a guy named Abel Magwitch who turns out to be the convict from the graveyard when Pip was 6 years old, and he tells Pip that he was the guy who gave him all the money. Pip is angry because he thought that Miss Havisham was giving her fortune to Pip so he can become a gentleman and marry her daughter, he found out she didn't give Pip the money and quickly goes over to MIss Havisham's house to confess his love to her daughter which rejects him. Years later Pip has got into a lot of bills and becomes poor. Uncle Joe pays Pip's debt and helps him out making Pip feeling like a fool for being ashamed in Uncle Joe so Pip does no longer lives in London and he is back to where he started with Uncle Joe. One time when Pip walked by Miss Havisham's house he found out that Miss Havisham's daughter is no longer with her ex-husband and Miss Havisham died and they decide they love each other and they lived together and there's no saying in the book that they went apart.

  18. That was surprisingly more useful than my English class where this was required reading. Points to you, good sir!

  19. The more of Thug Notes that I watch, the more I appreciate it. I don't like the "thug" aesthetic, but I can also understand that in order to teach, you have to be able to reach. How can you reach media addicted, low education people in order to teach them the classics? You add a "thug" veneer to it and give it a bit of humor.

    Good work!

  20. I saw this in the Barter Theatre yesterday and LOVED it! I've been to the Barter about 5 times and they never fail to amuse me!

  21. Reading this right now for AP Literature. On page 100. Literally 40 seconds into the video and I reach where I am in the book. Usually I like old classics but this book is boring me to death!!!

  22. I hated this book in 8th grade but now I realize that the only reason I hated it was because I couldn't understand it back then which is a damn shame cause I'm sure if I read it now that my reading has matured I would really like it especially seeing what the message is behind it

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