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How are theme of "expectations" is illustrated through the mayor characters in Great Expectations. 'Great Expectations' is a novel that is set almost one and a half ages ago in Victorian society, during the start up of the industrial revolution, which was speedily changing society. Social class is central throughout the novel, and is the basis of which the plot is woven around. At the start of the novel Pip looks at the graves of his parents and tries to find out what people they were and what role they played in society. At this stage he is totally innocent of social class and has yet to find his 'great expectations', it is the only time in the novel that he is happy or at least unaware that he isn't and this is a reflection on his innocence of his social standing. His love to Estella is trained, and this one of his main expectations to be with her, by be gentelman; he says "Miserably I went to the bed after all, and miserably thought of Esella, and miserably dreamed that my expectations were all cancelled..." ...read more.


His name itself is a symbol. Pip means seed. Dickens specifically took this name because it symbolizes the potential to grow into something bigger. "As I never saw my father or my mother", the parentless Pip is kind of childish since he thinks that "the shape of the letters on my father's grave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man". Dickens made him orphan so that he could be lost in his ways of life and then brought back to his sense. Estella is a supremely ironic creation, one who darkly undermines the notion of romantic love and serves as a bitter criticism against the class system in which she is mired. Raised from the age of three by Miss Havisham to torment men and "break their hearts," Estella wins Pip's deepest love by practicing deliberate cruelty. Unlike the warm, winsome, kind heroine of a traditional love story, Estella is cold, manipulative and cynical. ...read more.


With a kind of manic, obsessive cruelty, Miss Havisham adopts Estella and raises her as a weapon to achieve her own revenge on men. Miss Havisham is an example of single-minded vengeance pursued destructively: both Miss Havisham and the people in her life suffer greatly because of her quest for revenge. Miss Havisham is completely unable to see that her actions are hurtful to Pip and Estella. She is redeemed at the end of the novel when she realizes that she has caused Pip's heart to be broken in the same manner as her own; rather than achieving any kind of personal revenge, she has only caused more pain. Miss Havisham immediately begs Pip for forgiveness, reinforcing the novel's theme that bad behavior can be redeemed by contrition and sympathy. To sum up every of the characters has your own expectation, the main characters trying to get there for yourself across the suffer, revenge, pursuit to the final end happiness. ...read more.

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