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"Matthew pocket comments on the nature of the true gentleman 'no varnish can hide the nature of the wood...' Explore the novel to show how and to what extent dickens endorses this view in great expectations."

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Great expectations "Matthew pocket comments on the nature of the true gentleman 'no varnish can hide the nature of the wood...' Explore the novel to show how and to what extent dickens endorses this view in great expectations." Herbert pocket quotes this comment in chapter 22 (page 179) when speaking about his father. It's a truthful and wise comment. (A persons true nature is always visible and their values can't be changed). Mathew pocket is a gentleman because of his behaviour and moral virtue. This is one of the many times that the theme of the gentleman has appeared in the novel. In the 19th century it was an expectation for every young man to become a gentleman. In the 18th century you were a gentleman from birth but in the 19th century all that thrown into doubt with the new coming of class where all young mans ambition was to be a gentleman no matter what class they were. ...read more.

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In that redemption he repays Magwitch for all that Magwitch has ever desired by telling him about Estella and that she is alive, he forgives Miss Haveshmen and comforts her at the termination of her sardonic and hostile life. Au contraire Joe is a mediocre working class man with no expectations but to provide for his family. He has manners and is virtuous unlike pip. When Pip becomes a "gentleman" he's ashamed of Joe as he's a common man with no value in life but when Pip is in debt Joe is there to rescue him. Another example of gentlemen in great expectations is Bentley Drummle and Herbert Pocket. Drummle was born to be a gentleman. He was also a fellow student of Matthew pocket. He marries Estella for her money and abuses her which makes her oppressive in her marriage. He lacks the ethics and sincerity of a true gentleman. Drummle is indubitably not a gentleman but is branded one in the novel. ...read more.

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Herbert is also a true gentleman as he has both the idiosyncrasy and nurture of a gentleman. Pip comments in chapter 22, "I had never seen any one then, and I have never seen any one since, who more strongly expressed to me, in every look and tone, a natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean. There was something Wonderfully hopeful about his general air" Drummle is lucidly not a gentleman he's got no mannerisms or respect for others especially woman. Pip was a gentleman before his first visit to statis house; he felt sympathy for the convict at the marshes (magwitch) and also at the termination of the novel pip also shows gentleman behaviour but is this true emotions or just guilt? Pip cannot be a true gentleman as during his early years of becoming a gentleman he was a snob, ignorant and had no respect for others. He appeared not to have any of the traits of a gentleman therefore does this make Pip a deceptive gentleman? ?? ?? ?? ?? Caoimhe mc Ilkenny 1 ...read more.

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