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Great Expectations The word Bildungsroman refers to an individual's life told in a novel. The book "Great Expectation" is written by Charles Dickens but is an autobiography of Pip the main character. A Bildungsroman focuses on the beginnings of a characters life. The English Bildungsroman is similar to autobiography. Other aspects of a Bildungsroman is Ancestry, the Bildungsroman usually has a protagonist who has suffered the loss of a father or is an orphan we see this in great expectations as Pip has lost almost all of his family. Pip wants to become a gentleman and because of his low social class he needs an education. This is also part of a Bildungsroman as education is crucial to the protagonist's life. Pip wants to go to London and become a gentleman. This is part of Desire aspect in the Bildungsroman and normally the protagonist desires to go to a big city mainly London. Finally a protagonist always falls in love at one time in the story. Pip falls in love with Estella, a young, rich girl, but he is not up to her standards so she never really loves him and openly tells him this. ...read more.

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He is offended when Jaggers offers him money. This is where Pip finds out that he has Great Expectations. When Pip goes to get educated, he meets Biddy. It isn't a full education he is getting but Biddy tries to help him as much as she can. Pip takes full advantage of his education and tries as hard as he can. Pip and Biddy get to know each other more and more, Biddy starts to like Pip, but Pip doesn't know this until he explains to her why he wants to become a gentleman and he tells her about Estella when they were having a walk in the Marshes, she gives him very good advice. Pip sees that to become a gentleman he would need to get an education, but even with Biddy helping him, he still has a very rare chance of because of the class he's from. There are other things he needs to know in order to become a gentleman in fact, Pip's situation is hopeless as the class he is in is not desirable and he cant change it. Education is an important feature of a Bildungsroman, but cant help Pip with Estella Jaggers is a lawyer, he knows that Pip wants to become a gentleman so he helps him, but he is being paid by an anonymous person to help him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pip thinks he's better than everyone else and he becomes rude and loses his respect for others. When he was young he had respect for other people "There Sir". I timidly explained" he uses sir for respect. When he's a man he becomes to full of himself. "Well Joe is a dear, good fellow-in fact, I think he is the dearest fellow that ever lived - but he is rather backwards in something's. For instance Biddy, in his early learning and his Manners". Pip thinks that Joe isn't good enough for Pip. Pip still has to learn many things to become a gentleman. Herbert Pocket and Matthew Pocket help him in London to become a gentleman. They each teach him the etiquettes of being a gentleman, they tutor him. He still hasn't met Estella in this new form and looks forward to show her that he is up to her standards. What Pip still has to do is to become a gentleman and learn everything there is to know about being a gentleman. He also shouldn't look down on people of a lower class and to treat everyone with respect especially Joe. Shoaib Zafar 10R ...read more.

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