How Does Dickens Present Pip As A Man Of The Upper Class

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Many individuals in the world believe the more money one receives, the more greed and cruelty the individual becomes. In the coming of age novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Herbert is individual who became wealthy but never lost his loyalty and kindness. Since Herbert provides Pip with a job as a clerk, helps Pip settle down in London and supports Pip when Magwitch appears, Dickens uses Herbert’s character to show that not all upper class or middle class people are snobby and cruel. Since Herbert gives Pip advice on proper table manners, Pip fits in better with the gentlemen club “ The Finches of the Grove” in London which shows how Dickens wanted to portray that Herbert is kind and caring even though he is a higher class than Pip. When Herbert meets Pip for the first time, he invites him to eat out and Pip…show more content…
This evidence shows how Herbert is beginning to look out for Pip and becoming his friend by giving him tips on how act like a gentleman which shows how Dicken’s did not use cruelty as one of the characteristics in Herbert when developing his character as a man of upper class. Once Herbert invites Pip to eat out he gives him tips on eating by saying, “ Let me introduce the topic, Handel, by mentioning that in London it is not the custom to put the knife in the mouth-for fear of accidents- and that while the fork is reserved for that use, it is not put further in than necessary”(139). In this piece of evidence, Herbert accompanies Pip to go out and eat while still teaching him table manners. The fact that Herbert takes time out of his day to help Pip improve his gentleman skills suggests how strong his bond with Pip will become and how he doesn’t care if he is friends with someone who used to be a Blacksmith’s apprentice which demonstrates how Dickens didn’t make all upper class men in the novel cruel or

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