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In great expectation Dickens is interested in what It means to be a gentlemen. Write about the ways In which he expresses this theme through the Characters Pip, Joe and Magwitch. One of the themes of 'Great Expectations' is the distinction of classes in Victorian society and their importance. In the Victorian times a gentlemen was thought to be educated, well mannered and have a high status in society. There were lots of ways of deciphering which class a person was from by simply looking at or listening to them. Higher class people were thought to be superior to people in the lower classes. Dickens shows us in his book 'Great Expectations' it is not the way you dress or act that counts, it's the qualities within. He explores this idea in his novel using Pip, Joe and Magwitch. As a child Pip lost his parents and was therefore looked after by his sister Mrs Joe. Pip's later behaviour and attitude is best understood by first looking at the troubles he experiences as a child. Pip was abused as a child by Mrs Joe who "brought him up by hand". ...read more.


While in London Pip forgets three things- kindness, hard work and gratitude. Pip was taking everything for granted for example when Joe visits Pip in London he tells Pip how he truly feels about himself. Pip goes after him and he says, "I hurried out after him and looked for him in the neighbouring streets; but he was gone. " Although Pip is living in a life of luxury he isn't happy and is missing home, especially Joe. Dickens is showing us having money and living the life might not make you truly happy. Pip's yearning to be a gentlemen only makes him unhappy. Joe visits Pip but Pip's behaviour is not gentlemanlike. Pip is too embarrassed to show Joe to his friends. He is trying to leave everything behind. He says, " If I could have kept him away by money, I certainly would have paid money ". Even though Joe protected and assisted Pip through out his juvenile years. Pip is ironically embarrassed by him. He is a ungrateful person showing Joe no gratitude. Joe in his environment commonness is obvious and it makes Joe refer to Pip as "sir" which only emphasises Joes common status more. ...read more.


When Pip gets ill, Joe is the first one there. He nurses Pip back to full health, even though Pip treated him badly on his visits to London. Joe demonstrates his gentlemanly attributes once again being honest, patient and loving. Pip say,"O God bless this gentle Christian man". Pip finally learns the error of his ways. He realizes the one and only person he ever wanted was Joe- his father figure. Dickens present Pip as a immature man, but by the end reveals him a true gentlemen. In conclusion Pip apologizes for his mistakes and ingratitude toward others. When he visits Miss Havisham, he risks his life to save her. He does not care about money and outward appearance. He has forgotten his romantic delusions and has moved men. Pip says, "No man who was a true gentlemen at heart". Dickens shows us that Pip always had the potential to become a gentlemen. Dickens felt delusion make you unhappy, and ambition does not bring in success. The point Dickens is trying to get across - it is not what you achieve but what kind of person you are. An older and wiser Pip becomes what Joe and Magwitch always wanted, a true gentlemen. ?? ?? ?? ?? Razia Nasreen MAHMOOD Great Expectations 1 -4 ...read more.

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