Great Expectations Theme

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Cody Stuenzi 3/6/13 With Wealth Comes Corruption There are many great themes that Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, has to offer. One of them in particular sticks out like a sore thumb. The theme “Wealth and Social Position can corrupt people,” plays a big role in this book. The entire time throughout the book, Pip changes his wealth and class system and becomes very arrogant and rude to the people he once called his friends. He only does this in order for Estella to appreciate him more. Pip’s wealth and position, takes what Pip really is and corrupts him into something he really is not. In the very beginning of the book Pip is entirely happy with who he is and what he does. Until one day when he visits Miss Havisham’s Satis House. This is when he began his life of arrogance. When he finds Estella, he decides to do whatever it takes in order to be with her. Pip decides that he must change his social standing and wealth. When Pip goes and lives in London, his life takes a turn for the worse. One of the conversations Pip had with Joe was very awkward. During this conversation, Joe forgave Pip for his corruption: “Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man’s a blacksmith, and one’s a whitesmith, and one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Diwisions among such must come, and must be met as they come.” All the people Pip once called his friends, were now only mere embarrassments that were not as good as he was. Another character that shows this example is Estella. Estella is much more arrogant than Pip is. Ever since she was born, she was being taught to break other men’s hearts. If she hadn’t been adopted as Miss Havisham’s daughter, she probably would have never been so corrupted into how she
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