by Charles Dickens
Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis
For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.
Pip is innocent and cute and loves Joe ... until he meets Estella (bad) and inherits a fortune (good… except bad).
Pip is a moody, self-conscious teenager who loses his fortune and inherits a convict, whom he now has to smuggle out of the country.
After a beating, a burning, and a broken heart, Pip has finally endured enough abuse to have a happy ending. Sort of. After spending 11 years working in Egypt and atoning for his sins.