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Great Expectations In chapter one of the story we discover that Pip's family is deceased, well apart from his sister. They all died from common diseases like flu and measles and other illnesses which some were treatable but, medicine was not affordable for the poor. The social conditions in the nineteenth century were unfortunate. There wasn't much medicine and there were no cure for common diseases and there was a lot of poverty, poor people had to work which includes children working in factories, there wasn't in the least of education for the poor. This all tells us that life was hard to live in Britain in the nineteenth century if you were poor. Today in Britain it is greatly different, there is less poverty, more education, affordable prices for medicine, children don't need to work to support there family, also there is the NHS health service and there is child benefit along with income support. Pip encounters an escaped convict when he goes to see his mother's grave. Pip was petrified when he saw this convict; he was an enormous man and was chained up to his legs. In those days all convicts were known as murders so when Pip met him he was horrified. ...read more.


"...home had never been a pleasant place to me..." this quotation is showing us that Pip's home wasn't ever pleasant to him at all showing the quilt he had to his home and family. "My heart was beating so fast, and there was such a singing in my ears, that I could scarcely stammer..." this was Pip's reaction when he got the news to go to London to be raised as a gentleman. Pip was so excited that his heart was hammering incredibly fast. Pip wasn't very sure who the mysterious benefactor was but he had the slight suspicion in a fine way that the benefactor was Miss Havisham. "What I had meant was that when I came into my property and was able to do something for Joe, it would have been much more agreeable if he had been better qualified for a rise in station." This quotation tells us that if Joe was in Pip's property he would have done much more, it means that Joe hasn't been agreeable and helpful. Now Pip's attitude has gone worse for his family, his character towards his family has changed a lot. He is now ashamed of his social class. Later in the story Pip gets a letter from biddy. ...read more.


Apart from this I thing Estella was the prettiest girl I have ever seen. Apart from this the day was good I had met Miss Havisham she was a kind and gentle lady. Oh I can't wait until my next arrangement. Diary entry 3: My shame. Now I feel ashamed of my family and especially from Joe. For me it is the most miserable thing to be ashamed from home but home hasn't been at all pleasant to me. I even feel ashamed to be black smith I have changed my mind I want to become a gentlemen now. I feel very guilty for my shame but I am not happy the way my life is going. Diary entry 4: Joe's visit. This morning I got a letter from Biddy it was unusual but I read it. It said that Joe was going to town, to London. I didn't feel pleasant at all the truth is that I didn't want Joe to come at all. If I could have stopped him by paying him money I would have done so. I wouldn't want him to come and embarrass me with his Sunday clothes and the way he tries to act smart and play the role of a gentleman, he makes me so irritated. I definitely don't want Joe to fall in Benny Drummle's way because Benny would have made fun of him and me emulating me in front ladies and gentlemen. Adnan Canpolat 10sw ...read more.

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