In the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the author describes a young poor boy as innocent, fragile, and ignorant. But throughout the novel that little boy, Pip, grows to become knowledgeable, ashamed, and ungrateful. The theme for this novel is even though one becomes successful in life one should never feel embarrassed and ashamed towards the people who helped one succeed and most important one should never forget where one came from.
Becoming successful in life is something to be proud of. Recognizing the people who helped you get there is worth acknowledging. In the middle of the novel, Pip, realizes the truth about himself, “as I had grown accustomed to my expectations, I had insensibly begun to notice their effect upon myself and those around me [which]… was not good at all” (141). Pip is realizing that his attitude and perspective have changed, and he is growing afraid of what he might become. Pip knows he is not the same person he was years ago when he was young, innocent, and fragile; now he is a gentleman full of shame with confused emotions.
One should never feel different towards one because of their class no matter how successful one becomes. In chapter 38 of the novel, Pip realizes that Miss Havisham isn’t his benefactor and finds out a convict is, he then feels embarrassed to know that a lower class convict guilty of who knows what crimes is his real benefactor. Pip then regrets being ashamed of Joe for all those years, “Miss Havisham’s intentions towards me, all a mere dream; … I only suffered in Satis House as a convenience…but, [the] sharpest and deepest pain of all – it was for the convict… that I had deserted Joe” (166). Pip is living in confusion and cannot accept the fact that a convict is his benefactor, in the other hand; this makes Pip open his eyes and see the truth about his relationship with Joe. Pip finally realized that he deserting Joe wasn’t worth it and that believing a high class woman was his benefactor was a...
Cited: Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2000.
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