• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Great Expectations - Why was Pip's desire to be a gentleman bound up with winning the love of Estella?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why was Pip's desire to be a gentleman bound up with winning the love of Estella? The definition of a gentleman is as follows: "A gentleman is a man regarded as having qualities of refinement associated with a good family, a man who is cultured, courteous and well educated." If you look at the qualities necessarily needed to become a gentleman, Pip does not appear to have any of these. One of the reasons is that he was an orphan. Not being part of a proper family cannot possibly come under the "good family" category in the sense required, this being a rich and upper class family. He also is not well educated because of his background and he lives with a poor family and therefore cannot afford to be sent to private education. The book also is written with Charles Dickens' personal view on life and he puts in some of his own experiences and ties them in with the plot. For instance an example of this is when in the scenes with violence involved we can see what his life was like as a young boy. When Dickens was about 12 years of age his father was imprisoned for debt and he was taken away from school to work in a rat infested blacking warehouse. ...read more.

Middle

At the beginning of the book Pip is living with a poor family with his sister, Mrs Gargery, and her husband, Joe. As he gradually becomes older he believes he has what It takes to become a gentleman in the city. This is because of two reasons. Firstly to actually make something of his life and secondly to win the heart of an apprentice of Miss Havisham, Estella. During his meetings with Miss Havisham at Satis house (the place of her residence) he becomes increasingly fond of this Estella in a way in which can be related to dickens because he didn't stand a chance of love with the love of his life. The first time that Pip ever sets eyes on Estella is when he goes to Miss Havisham's by her request with the help of Pumblechook as the person who escorts him there. When Pumblechook leaves them to walk alone to visit Miss Havisham, they begin to talk about the various names in which the run down house possesses. This is where Pips begins to realise how much he likes Estella even though she is treating him as quite literally a "boy": "though she called me boy often and with the carelessness that was far from complimentary, she was about my own age. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because of his visits to Miss Havisham's he becomes increasingly interested in becoming a gentleman and a man of class as he realised that is what Estella would seek in a man she would ever seek man to spend her life with. If you look at the definition of a gentleman, this is what Pip believes to be what she wants and is a concrete reason as to why he desires the love of Estella by means of becoming a gentleman. In conclusion to this essay I believe that there is only one reason as to why Pips desire to be a gentleman is bound up with winning the love of Estella. This is that Pip believes that there is only one possibility in which he is to obtain the love of Estella and that is to become exactly what he would not expect to be and completely change his current lifestyle, and become a gentleman. He uses his visits to Miss Havisham's as a chance to see Estella for as long as a can and also to try and get the financial support of Miss Havisham to help him on his way into the city to become a gentleman and therefore become what Estella wants in her life, a gentleman, and ultimately in Pips ideal life, win her love and affection and her feeling the same way back. Words: 1301 Matthew Beardall 11R ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Pip wants to grow up to be a gentleman. Do you think he succeeds?

    However when Pip plays cards with Estella, she mocks him about his clothes, his accent and his manner. These are all important elements for gentlemen. At one point he says: 'I knew I was common, and I wished I was not common' and this is the beginning of Pip's snobbery and ingratitude.

  2. Charles Dickens's writing techniques in Great Expectations.

    Abel Magwitch does not want anything back because Pip is the reason he remained alive. All Magwitch cared about was making sure Pip's life was better then the life Magwitch had to live. "If I ain't a gentleman, nor yet ain't got no learning...

  1. Pip wants 'to be a gentleman'; Estella is educated for a 'lady'. What ...

    Joe does this when they catch the convict; instead of being annoyed that the convict stole the pie, he doesn't mind. He just says: "God knows you're welcome to it - so far as it was ever mine," ... "We don't know what you have done, but we wouldn't have you starved to death for it, poor miserable fellow-creatur.

  2. In the light of your reading of "Great Expectations", what do you feel Dickens ...

    The discovery that Magwitch, not the wealthy Miss Havisham, is his secret benefactor shatters Pip's oversimplified sense of his world's hierarchy, "Miss Havisham's intentions towards me, all a mere dream." The fact that he comes to admire Magwitch while losing Estella to the rough nobleman Drummle finally forces him to

  1. Great Expectations - Why was Pip's desire to be a gentleman bound up with ...

    He reciprocates this manner of speaking by calling her "Miss". She has already made an impression on Pip within seconds of meeting him as he says when she opens the gate that she was "very pretty and seemed very proud".

  2. In Great Expectations,Dickens is interested in what it means to be a Gentleman

    Different men in the novel are; * Compeyson; who is an escaped convict he was educated yet ruthless and before he was locked up he was the man that jolted Miss Havisham at the alter. * Then there is Drummel he is another character in the novel, he is rich

  1. Great Expectations - Why was Pip's desire to be a gentleman bound up with ...

    Pip is "humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry and sorry" by all of this (as he describes on page 52) and has been so humiliated that he starts crying. Estella, 'laughing contemptuously' at Pip for doing this, pushes him out of the door.

  2. Pip aspires to become a gentleman - How realistic is this aspiration?

    This brings us to the second point connected to gentlemanliness in the novel, that Pip and Estella are puppets for Magwitch and Miss Havisham respectively. After Pip's goodwill in the graveyard towards Magwitch, he immediately became Magwitch's ward. It is quite hard to see why Magwitch would choose to make Pip a gentleman, however there are some good reasons.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work