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Pip and his Journey to Becoming Uncommon.

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Noah Tovares Honors English Mr. Stockwell Pip and his Journey to Becoming Uncommon Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, is a novel about a boy named Pip who thinks he has a good life until he is exposed to people of a higher class. As a result Pip, a "common laboring boy," develops great expectations for himself and begins on a journey to become "uncommon" in order to raise his social status. Before he leaves on this journey, Joe, Pip's brother in law, tells him to be honest, "If you can't get oncommon (sic) through going straight, you'll never get to do it through going crooked." (70) Unfortunately, Pip does not heed the advice of Joe and takes the "crooked path." Pip meets many people and goes many places on his journey. His encounters with people of a higher class make him feel bitter about his place in society, and his reaction is to walk down the "crooked path," resulting in a life of denial and deception. ...read more.


Before Pip started on this journey he thought that being a gentleman just meant that you wore nice clothes and had money. As a result of Pip taking the "crooked path" he is fixed on the exterior image of a gentleman, and does not know how to act like one. Pip's obsession with raising his place in society leads him to attempt to make everyone around him uncommon, even if they don't want to. Throughout the book, Pip goes to Miss Havisham's several times, each time becoming more aware of how common he is. After one of the visits he comes home and tries to write as is the custom of those in the upper class. He shows it to Joe, who thinks it's magnificent, but when Joe tries to read it all he can say is "J.O. JO." (44) Pip is surprised, and then asks Joe if he can actually read. Joe replies that he can so Pip gives him a book, but again the only thing Joe can say is, "J.O. JO." (44) ...read more.


"You know best, Pip, but don't you think you are happier as you are?" (114) He realizes that if he were to marry Estella, he would be rich and high class. With that marriage, Pip's main goal in life would be completed. Pip also takes advantage of Biddy. Pip thinks that in order to become a gentleman you have to be educated. He knows that Biddy is very smart, and tries to use her to educate himself. Pips fixation with becoming uncommon leads him to use the people he knows as a step up in the ladder of society. In the beginning of the novel Pip is given a choice. Pip can either take the crooked or the straight path. It is his encounters with people of both higher and lower class that push him towards the crooked path. Pip's encounters with people of a higher class make him feel jealous, and his encounters with people of a lower class make Pip feel common. Pip's reactions to these encounters are to push himself further up in society, regardless of whom he hurts along the way. ...read more.

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