Great Expectations Essay

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this paper is an A* quality paper for gcse english GREAT EXPECTATION: Who is more of a gentleman Pip or Joe? The novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens highlights the flaws of Victorian society about class. Although a clear idea was generated about what class a person belonged to from the way they dressed and spoke, more people from lower classes were able to change their status if they earned more money. Lower class people who were making money from industry and commerce could pass off as gentlemen although it was not their culture. Victorian took status, money and education to heart so it became very important to society to have all of these in order to be accepted as a gentleman or a lady. The behaviour of a gentleman had to be good mannered, considerate of others and always to act in the best way around people. Pip has always aspired to be a gentleman and to escape his humble enclosed surroundings that he is ashamed of. However, he eventually realises that it is not so important to have status as to act like real gentleman. He looks up to Joe for this as Joe has always been there for him and although being a working class blacksmith Joe taught Pip that class is not important but that the way one behaves is the most important thing in life. When Pip is still a young boy he is invited to the house of Mrs Havisham - a wealthy, old woman who lives in a manor called Satis House near Pips village. There Pip meets Estella, Mrs Havisham’s beautiful young ward, who becomes Pip’s unachievable dream throughout the novel. Pip’s desire to raise his social standing never leaves him; he even seeks to better his surroundings by trying to teach Joe to read. When the gloomy figure of the lawyer Jaggers appears with the message of Pip’s sudden fortune, the young man’s deepest wish comes true. But the exultant Pip is not content simply to enjoy his good

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