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Great Expectations Essay

1381 words - 6 pages

Throughout this novel of Great Expectations characters are divided into upper class and lower class people. Unlike most young men in the 19th century, Pip was not either of these, but both.

Pip grew up with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband, Mr Joe who had grown up with no education, but taught himself to become a blacksmith. Joe wanted to pass on his talent to pip and treated him with great respect and almost as his own son. Pip was very close to him, and because Joe grew up running away with his mother from his father, he had had no reading or writing education. Joe decided and made sure that this would never happen to Pip and he would be happy how he lived his life.

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He also puts forward other things such as his hatred for imprisonment for those who couldn’t pay off debts and not given the chance to.

Pip and Joe were very close and enjoyed doing most things together, but when he starts his education in London to become a gentleman, he sees very little of him as he is a far distance away and it is expensive to travel. They become parted and Pip doesn’t go straight to Joe for advice and help as he is not there, but tries to sort things out his way and becomes a person that thinks everything he does must be right.

Pip looked to Joe as a stepfather but when Mrs Joe dies and no longer keeps in contact with him, he does not think of him to be involved in any part of his life any more, as he has one in London without him. Unlike Pip, Joe is a true gentleman because although he was not brought up to be a kind, considerate, polite man, he has lived his life, and is all these things naturally. Pip in wanting to be a true gentleman becomes an impostor who thinks he can be gentlemanly by being taught how to spend money and have an expensive education. With this he ends up having no guidance from people around him. He also ended up socialising with people that he did not fully like.

Herbert Pocket taught Pip to be a false gentleman. This did not mean how to be kind, caring and helpful but simple things like how to eat and sit. Matthew Pocket taught him to read and speak Latin; this was a very expensive education that was paid for by his benefactor.

Pip did not work for his money but was given it by an unknown benefactor. When Pip finds out that Magwitch is his man he doesn’t want to take anymore of his money. This is noble of him as Magwitch was only poor and gave all his money he earned to Pip. But with this decision came a fact that he would not be able to pay off his debts. Was this the right decision to make as both Pip and Magwitch were in debt? Joe like a true gentleman bails out Pip from jail with his savings and earned money to pay off Pips debts.

Estella, like Pip, had visited Miss Havisham, and lived with her for a number of years. As she grew up she was told that she was adopted but not told who by or why. Because Miss Havisham was a cold-hearted woman who had been left at the altar by her soon-to-be husband, she brought Estella up so to teach men a...

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