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Identify and Explain Key Characters and their Development in 'Great Expectations'

In this worksheet, students will gain an understanding of the key characters in 'Great Expectations'

'Identify and Explain Key Characters and their Development in 'Great Expectations'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   The 19th Century Novel, 19th Century Novel, 19th Century Prose

Curriculum subtopic:   Great Expectations

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Great Expectations: Characters


What do you already know about the characters in 'Great Expectations'?




There are a lot of characters in 'Great Expectations'! Some of the main characters that we meet in the novel are:




Miss Havisham

Abel Magwitch

Joe Gargery

Mrs Joe


Herbert Pocket



Dolge Orlick

Uncle Pumblechook


In the exam, you may be asked to write about how a particular character is presented by Dickens across the novel. This activity will help you to revise some of the most important features of the characters from 'Great Expectations'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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