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Great Expectations In Charles Dickens life he experienced both poverty and wealth. It has been suggested that the novel 'Great Expectations' was a extract of his life, when Pip was in poverty Joe was working hard to get money for the family. While Dickens was still a young boy, his father was sent to debtor's prison. During that time, Dickens briefly worked in a London factory pasting labels on shoe polish bottles, which shows how low his status was. Even after his father's release, John Dickens (Charles Dickens father) work barely provided enough money to support the family. Dickens uses different characters to show the contrast between the social class and to show that you don't need money to be happy because the character pip did not find happiness when he comes into lots of money. Using the characters Pip, Joe and Mrs. Havisham I will be presenting his views on wealth and class Pip is the only the main character in the novel but he is also the narrator. ...read more.


been some terrible beast' Pip is very disappointed his benefactor is Magwitch not Mrs. Havisham, he is very surprised yet he is happy. It was Magwitch who expected pip to have 'Great Expectations' but it was only because of his kindness and generosity. Pip becomes a stubborn, stuck up man when he has this wealth and at this time he is visited by Joe 'as the time approached I would have liked to have run away ........ in the course of his ascent' Pip feels ashamed and embarrassed of Joe making Joe feel very low and making him leave early, because of all this money pip feels he has a higher status than Joe, and now Joe is even calling him 'sir' (the man who brought him up.) Pip used to be like Joe before the money he use to have the same job as him same status or even lower until Mr Jaggers came, this shows with wealth pip has became selfish and snobbish. Mrs. Havisham and Joe are very contrasting characters; Mrs. ...read more.


Mrs. Havisham status has lead her to misery and at the end of it lead her to guilt 'Mrs. Havisham her hand still covering her heart. Seemed all resolved into a ghostly stare of pity and remorse' Mrs. Havisham used her status to break pips heart and when she saw what she had done she felt guilty she felt what Pip felt because the same thing happened to her, her love left her. In conclusion Dickens shows that money does not buy happiness Pip was much happier when poor, innocent child but when he became wealthy his whole attitude changed he became a snobbish gentleman he thought he had a higher status than all of the people he used to have a lower status than. Joe is also happy even though he is not wealth and in a high status. Mrs. Havisham is unhappy even though she is in a high status and highly wealthy. That is Dickens views on class, wealth and status is that it does not buy you happiness. Maryam Chaudhery 11W Ms Spencer 1 ...read more.

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