Great Expectations Analysis

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The novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was written in 1861. The book is set in the Victorian era in the 19th century. It is about a orphan boy named Pip. As a young child, Pip lives with his sister and brother-in-law, the village blacksmith. Pip wants to become a gentleman. Pip tries to rise in social class due to his love for Estella. Estella is a orphan living and cared by Miss Havisham. A moral theme of the novel is love and loyalty, are more important than wealth and class. Pip desires for moral self-improvement and he also thinks money can help him and solves all his problems. Pip believes in the advancement of life and he is not blinded by wealth due to his love for Estella. In the novel Pip’s desire for moral self-improvement to prove that he deserves Estella. It says “We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people made up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and…show more content…
One quote that supports this is "Biddy," said I, after binding her to secrecy, "I want to be a gentleman." (Dickens 135) Pip desires advancements in life, he wants to become better than he is now. In love with Estella, he want to become a member of her social class, and, encouraged by Mrs. Joe and Pumblechook, he has fantasies of becoming a gentleman. Another quote that shows Pip believes in the advancement in life is “I am going up to my guardian in London,' said I, casually drawing some guineas out of my pocket and looking at them; `and I want a fashionable suit of clothes to go in. I wish to pay for them,' I added -- otherwise I thought he might only pretend to make them -- with ready money.” (Dickens 160) This quote shows that Pip wants to become rich and change his social class. He is imagining that money can help him become better and look better. In conclusion, Pip believes in the advancement in life, he has “great expectations” about his
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