Essay on Great Expectations
Pip needs to tear himself away from societies’ beliefs such as the ever so important social class standings by changing the way he treats the different-classed people. Must he make those judgments based on his own understanding of their characters, or rely on the prejudice that society has set for him? He wants to become successful and wealthy and well respected in society but in doing so, must he give up his character amd loyalty to his loved ones? Pip attempts to achieve great things for himself while still holding on to his morals and values along the way. He must distinguish what means the most to him and figure out where his priorities lay. The change he goes through from a young boy to a man challenges his values when he is forced to make important life-altering decisions. “So throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.” pip encounters more conflict when he goes to England and meets a snobby trouble maker, Bentley Drummle. Drummle is always trying to be better than Pip at anything and everything just to drive Pip nuts. Drummle uses his money to marry Estella, he flaunts his money as much as possible, he actively mocks Pip for his relative commonness and he also bullies him in public to make him look bad. Drummle hits Pip the hardest when pursuing after Estella not because he loves her but in spite of Pip and she would just be good to marry. He is getting old which makes Estella the best he will get. She is beautiful and rich which makes it all of the more reason. “There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worth.” In his pursuit of chasing down Estella he leaves Joe and Biddy behind and in his past. He is both devoted to them but also ashamed of them all at the same time. Joe and Bitty represent everything that he does not want to be associated with. Whenever, the...
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