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

How does Dickens Inform the Reader about The Class System in Victorian England Through Pip's Experiences?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

2005 GCSE English Coursework Great Expectations Graham Cox 10C Mrs. Karavidas How does Dickens Inform the Reader about The Class System in Victorian England Through Pip's Experiences? In Great Expectations, Dickens wants to explore what it means to be a gentleman in the rapidly changing Victorian England. He suggests that money is not everything, but you need some to get yourself started in the world. Being a gentleman means that you have to be moral, kind, courteous, hard working, financially independent and educated. Pip's experiences of social class, in some ways mirror those of Dickens' childhood. Dickens' parents were middle class but moved down the class ladder when they moved house, (they moved from quite a nice house into a slightly smaller house in a slightly less desirable area, over and over again, due to financial problems, hence moving down the class ladder) which happened quite often. We say that they have downward social mobility. In the early stages of Great Expectations, Pip experiences many different types of social classes. These include the criminal class and the upper class, two very different classes. Dickens explores the idea of a modern gentleman through Pip's experiences; at the beginning of the novel, Pip is in his own village, surrounded by people just like him and of his own class. ...read more.

Middle

The thought of getting caught and the guilt of stealing food play on Pip's mind and he has a guilty conscience for a long time. Mrs. Joe and Mr. Pumblechook are always talking about Pip being 'brought up by hand'. This theme has a habit of repeating itself throughout the novel, and Pip doesn't really understand what it. They seem to use this against him as something to be grateful for but I have a sneaking suspicion that it is not something to be grateful for. Before Pip meets Estella, he holds Joe in high regard. He thinks that being a blacksmith is like being at the top of the world. He is really looking forward to becoming Joe's apprentice when he is old enough. However, when he meets Estella and he first goes to Satis House, she makes remarks about how common Pip is: how coarse his hands are and how thick his boots are. He is really disturbed by Estella and her hurtful remarks. They make him change his views from thinking his position in society was not so bad, to thinking how common it was as Estella suggested, or rather told Pip. Pip thinks that Mr. ...read more.

Conclusion

He also persuades Miss Havisham to give a sum of money to her young relative. Matthew Pocket also gets a large sum of money and everything that Miss Havisham leaves behind, once again, thanks to Pip. Pip discovers that Mr. Jaggers' housekeeper, Molly is Estella's mother and that Magwitch, his benefactor, is her father. Orlick, who used to be one of Joe's apprentices, confessed to attacking Mrs. Joe after he attempted to murder Pip. He is sent to the county jail after breaking into Mr. Pumblechook's house. Magwitch has a struggle with Compeyson, the man who stood up Miss Havisham on her wedding day and ruined her life, and Compeyson dies, after betraying Magwitch. After being abroad for 11 years, Pip realizes that he has neglected Joe and Biddy and apologizes to them when he comes back, a self-made man. He realizes that his ways must change and begins the long and difficult process of becoming a true gentleman. He also goes to Satis House and visits Estella. He sees that she is no longer as black-hearted as she used to be. TO-DO LIST * Becomes a snob. * Conclusion - Dickens used this method, that method etc. * QUOTES, QUOTES, QUOTES ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Graham Cox Great Expectations 10C Page 1 of 7 ...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. Great Expectations, How does dickens view of victorian england show through pip

    never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.' The narrator is now that of the mature Pip, reflecting on his past, rather than that of the young. This technique enables the authors to assert commentaries concerning past events that they may not

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

    Pip defends Matthew and Herbert saying they nice they are. There have now been a number of good acts from Pip and it looks like if he carries on he may well be a gentleman one day. He suggests that in return for her nastiness, she carries on paying for Herbert's work.

  1. Great Expectations - Theme of class

    Class separation becomes palpable and we additionally discover that Pip will have to change a lot to understand reality and Miss Havisham could be the answer to that. When Pip arrives at this house, it's not at all as he had anticipated.

  2. What picture does Dickens’ give us of “a Gentleman” in “Great Expectations” and how ...

    After Pip receives his expectations he changes a lot, but he remains kind. He sets up a fund for his friend Herbert to get him into employment when he realises that he has led his good friend into debt and feels guilty about it.

  1. How does Dickens describe Pips first meeting with Miss Havisham and Estella? What does ...

    man, mild, good natured, sweet tempered easy going and so many other good qualities. Joe, however will never lay a hand on any woman because when he was young he was abused and tortured by his father, who was very cruel to him.

  2. How do our views on Magwitch change throughout the novel and what do you ...

    The escaped convict is starving because of his long journey from the Hulk ship (prisoner ship). So Magwitch asked Pip to bring him some food but did this in an unusual way, he bribed him by saying that there is another escaped convict on the loose much worse than he is, Pip agreed to meet Magwitch the next day.

  1. Discuss how the theme of class is developed through Pip's visit to Satis House

    Estella is the elegant, youthful, proud girl raised by Ms Havisham. Dickens juxtaposes the characters of Pip and Estella, by showing the two different worlds they coexist in and the different classes that occupy their worlds, Dickens also tries to symbolise their characters as the higher and lower class of society.

  2. Life for victorian children in Dickens' time

    In one of Dickens great novels 'Oliver Twist', we see children as slaves in the workhouse, forced to work under their cruel and exploiting authority figures. From early on in this novel we experience many examples of cruelty, neglect and hypocrisy.

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