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Essay Title: Discuss How The Theme Of Class Is Developed Through Pips Visit To Satis (enough) House

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Essay Title: Discuss How The Theme Of Class Is Developed Through Pips Visit To Satis (enough) House Charles Dickens' expertly created bildungsroman about a youthful common boy's desire to be a gentleman develops the theme of class and its social importance throughout the story. Dickens' aim was to show the corruption in English society at the time and he displays it through Pip's, the main character, visits to Satis house - a house owned by a mysterious, middle classed woman with a beautiful daughter that is bemused by Pip's appearance and lower class and therefore abuses him for it. Dickens portraits the upper class as evil, selfish villains in the novel and is on the lower class peoples side, always revealing the disgraceful riches the upper class owned while the poor got poorer. Great Expectations is a social commentary that gives a strong opinion on society. Pip is a classic example of the lowest level of a working class child; he's an orphan, lives a miserable life with his obnoxious and beastly sister, and gets abused by everyone that sees him. 'Universal struggle,' this is how Pip describes life as a desolate young boy. ...read more.


"I wish my boots weren't so thick nor my hands so coarse." This is the moment Pip feels ashamed of himself for the first time. He accepts defeat in a cowardly manner and is disappointed at life and why he, amongst others, is a common, miserable and poor, weak boy. He even calls himself "ignorant and backwards," in his defeat, which is quite the contrary really until after visiting miss Havisham and being in her household. When we examine Pip, he was extremely satisfied with life in his hey-days prior to his life-changing experiences at Satis house, and he was contempt with who he was and what he had until he finally realised what the world had to offer. Pip changed his views, clothes, how he presents himself, everything he ever had that made him who he was, all in order to impress cheeky little Estella, the girl that toughened him up and fancied. Before his visits, Pip and Joe were "fellow strugglers" in low classed society, but after he met Estella, respect for his heredity and Joe vanished. "I am afraid, and ashamed for the dear good fellow." Here he presents himself as if he were an upper-class made man with links and money to spare. ...read more.


Dickens promotes love and affection through Joe, and how he struggles to live and care for his family, even though his wife treats him like dirt and his nephew ungrateful. We see Joe with his love, will always be more contempt with life than Miss Havisham with her money and class. Dickens obviously has more sympathy for the poor as he was probably subject to abuse himself when being a child but you can never hide the fact he also feels sorry for the upper-class as even though they're all good for nothing, wretched and self-centred in his novels, they too suffer trauma one way or another but it's disguised as punishment for their wrong doings like in Miss Havisham's case. Overall, the theme of class is developed through Pip's visit to Satis House through characters that put down the lower classed people and infuriate but inspire them to greatness. When Pip first arrives at Satis House, he is made to feel ashamed of himself by Estella and Miss Havisham which gets Pip thinking, and by the time an anonymous character gives Pip the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience being a gentleman, with his transformation partially completed, and he grabs the opportunity with both hands and doesn't look back until he's too old to be ungrateful. ...read more.

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