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

'In our mutual friend' Charles Dickens explores attitudes to money in victorian society examine the characters of Lizzie Hexam, Bella Wilfer and mrs Boffin and show what you have learnt about money and social class in the 1960's.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'In our mutual friend' Charles Dickens explores attitudes to money in victorian society examine the characters of Lizzie Hexam, Bella Wilfer and mrs Boffin and show what youhave learnt about money and social class in the 1960's. The title of the Charles Dickens novel is 'Our mutual friend'.The author Charles Dickens was born in the early 1850's and he wrote 'our mutual friend' in 1864 and his family were very poor. In 'our mutual friend' there is a vast range of characters including very poor people such as Gaffer and really rich people with newly acquired money such as the Veneerings. There are also lots of different aged characters ranging from small children to old men and women. There is also some that are in the middle such as mrs Boffin and Bella Wilfer. These people are not rich or poor they are lower middle class In Victorian society there were very big differences in classes because the rich were very rich and they had big houses and servants. Also the poor were very poor because they would be begging and living anywhere and didn't have any money even for food. The poor certainly didn't have any money for luxury's. Money is very important to the novel because it seperates all of the different classes and characters from each other. ...read more.

Middle

Bradley Headstone is Lizzie's brother Charlie tutor and he falls in love with Lizzie but Lizzie doesn't really like him and even though if she married him it would raise her social status, she isn't interested. This shows me that Lizzie is very inderpendent, she is very genuine and she is extremly loyal. Lizzie and Gaffer are a very close father and daughter. 'Lizzie took her right hand from the skull it held, and touched her lips with it, and for a moment held it out lovingly towards him'.This tells me they really love each other, but they can't really tell each other, they try to show it in other ways. Bella Wilfer is the woman that was going to marry John Harman but she was prevented from doing so when he allegedly drowns. She doesn't inherit J ohn Harman's fortune because she wasn't quite married to him. Bella really needs money and she is in love with the idea of having money. She comes from a poorish family and a very modest back ground. She is in the lower middle class. Bella is adopted by the Boffins because they inherited the Harman fortune. The Boffins adopt her because they feel they should share the lifestyle they have, with the person that should really have the fortune. ...read more.

Conclusion

Until a man stands up and sticks up for them, this man was called Twemlow. In conclusion I think Dickens is saying that money is really important to some people but not so important to others. I think that he is also saying that money can control people and that some people can't do without it. The Veneerings lived in the brand-new houses in London. Everything they own was brand new. They were very false people because they only like people if they have lots of money and if they are higher class. ' Veneerings was spick and span new'. The Veneerings had servants as well and they were also new. 'all their servants were new'. The Veneerings are very selfish and they only care that they are high class. This is also what would have happened in the victorian times, people only cared what class they are in. This is why I think Charles Dickens doesn't like these characters. Also the Veneerings have no real friends. I think that Dickens approves of the charaters such as Lizzie Hexam because she is kind and generousbut he doesn't like people like the Veneerings because they are false and because al they want to do is be high class and fit in with the rich people. I feel that Dickens puts his views across with the character 'Twemlow'. ...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. An exploration of the ways in which issues of class and status are presented ...

    murderess, Molly, become his housekeeper, while he is just as comfortable to see an innocent defendant locked up. For Dickens, the belief in irrevocable link between wealth and morality is tenuous to say the least, and "Great Expectations" challenges this widely held view.

  2. Charles Dickens views about class in the novel,

    Pip's life shows how one individual has moved from the working class to becoming a 'gentleman'. This essay will be concentrating on the way Dickens portrays class in "Great Expectations". The story is a fictional autobiography of Pip who narrates the story of his life when he is an adult.

  1. Charles Dickens had strong feelings about the morals in Victorian society - What do ...

    As this is who turns out to be Pips benefactor it proves that he certainly does not sound like the gentleman Pip intends him to be. This shows that Dickens did not believe what Victorian society believed; he believed that looks did not count for everything.

  2. 'Great Expectations' contains reference to materialism with money, which was of considerable strain in ...

    Leavis ('The Novelists') said, "an irony which inheres in the title, yet the novel is affirmative and constructive". Irony is an important feature of the novel as it makes it more humorous, this was evident from the beginning when Pip uses am amusing description to describe his family graves, what their headstones read

  1. How do circumstances cause characters to change?

    Pip also admits how he is miserable and wished he was not common. Joe does his best to explain that lies "...ain't the way to get out of being common, old chap." Yet, Pip did not seem to take it in.

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

    But it also shows what a polite and well-behaved child Pip is. His respect and politeness are something that never leaves Pip and throughout his life he is always polite to those who he sees as his betters, always calling Miss Havisham "Ma'am" and Mr Jaggers "sir".

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