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

Literary Analysis Essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Literary Analysis Essay-Laurie Chan A key theme in Great Expectations and April Raintree is the growth and change of the characters towards their acceptance of social class. This will be proven by Pip not accepting himself in the lower class and April not accepting herself in the native class. Then, there will be proof of how Pip and April attempted to change their social class. Finally the proof of how Pip accepted himself in the social class he was in and how April accepted herself as a M�tis. Pip did not accept himself in the lower class. He wanted to be in the upper class just like Miss Havisham is. Pip was ashamed of his family and its lower class status. How he wasn't as fortunate as Estella who is a member of the higher class, especially when Estella insulted Pip saying that he is "common" and how he has "coarse hands". He did not have a reason to think about his class status before this, and now that he does, he's disturbed to think he might be just "common." This ensured Pip to not accept himself in the lower class. He didn't see any good from it. ...read more.

Middle

'Lord strike me dead!' I says each time-and I goes out in the open air to say it under the open heavens-'but wot, if I gets liberty and money, I'll make that boy a gentleman!' And I done it." (pg. 340) Magwitch reveals himself as Pip's secret benefactor and how he got all his wealth. This quote changed Pip's idealistic view of wealth and social class by forcing him to realize that his own status as a gentleman is owed to the loyalty of a lower-class criminal. Year after year, he moved further away from Joe and his lower class. "Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man's a blacksmith, and one's a whitesmith, and one's a goldsmith, and one's a coppersmith. Divisions among such must come, and must be met as they come." (pg. 236) Joe comes with a smart and content attitude toward the changes in Pip's social class that have driven them apart, and he shows his goodness and loyalty by blaming the division not on Pip but on the unchangeable nature of the human condition. Pip as a gentleman makes a lot of money and as he gets wealthy, he forgets his family and the people that are important to him. ...read more.

Conclusion

(pg. 184) It was tragic that it had taken Cheryl's death to bring April to accept her identity but she would strive for a better tomorrow now. For her sister and her son, her parents and her people. In conclusion, Pip accepted himself in the social class that he used to be in. Even though he remained in the higher class, Pip realized that he still cared for his loved ones in the lower class. For April, she accepted herself in the social class she was born in. Even though Cheryl's life had to be taken away before April realized how important her heritage was. Pip carried a snobby attitude for a great portion of his life. He treated the people he loved without realization of how he wasn't respectful towards them. April had tried hiding, she had attempted to be someone she's not, she had tried being with someone she didn't love, and she had also undertook to blocking her own sister out of her life. No matter what April did, she couldn't get away from what she really was inside. She was born M�tis. She just didn't feel proud of it nor did she want to be M�tis. Pip and April both had issues with the people in their lives and they both found their true identities from being ashamed of their social class to peace with their lives. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Things Fall Apart Novel Analysis

    Okonkwo is warned not to see him sacrificed but he still goes. Once in the forest, one of the men slashes Ikemefuna with a machete and he falls in pain screaming. Okonkwo instinctively slabs Ikemefuna and kills him. building incident b: After being exiled, Okonkwo hears rumors of white men in nearby villages.

  2. EXtended Essay - Portuguese

    E apesar de estes tentarem mostrar aos jovens o que � a vida, nem sempre lhe d�o o conceito mais correcto da realidade, o que n�o preocupa muito os realizadores."7 "Mas podemos afirmar que tamb�m conseguem transmitir educa��o, e sem d�vida, a maneira como eles resolvem os problemas, fazem-nos pensar

  1. Comparison of the motorcycle diaries and the Alchemist

    Similarly in the motorcycle diaries, Guevara swam across a river that had never been swam across before. He had asthma and everyone told him he could not make it, yet despite the challenge he faced, he did not give up.

  2. Macbeth Essay

    Macbeth sent everything into turmoil when he murdered King Duncan. This predominance of darkness obscured the light and was present as a result of the corrupted moral order. His malice was released when he decided to murder the good king; he then became entombed in his turpitude.

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Chapter One of Broken April and The Thief and The Dogs.

    His actions are witness by the personified wild pomegranates as they are the "motionless witness" (p8). Both novels are written in different point of views. 'Broken April' is written in third person omniscient which allows some insight to the character's thoughts and feelings.

  2. L'Etranger Essay

    Elle aussi, je crois .... Je l'ai aid�e � monter sur une bou�e et, dans ce moment, j'ai �ffleur� ses seins. J'�tais encore dans l'eau quand elle vers moi. Elle avait les cheveux dans les yeux et elle riait. Je me suis hiss� � c�t� d'elle sur la bou�e .

  1. Engligh Extended Essay on Egdgar Allen Poe

    To summarize, Edgar Allen Poe uses dreams in his poetry and short stories in order to create effects of terror. In addition, he uses them to mirror the character or narrator's perception of reality. Main Body Edgar Allen Poe conveys a fatalistic view of the real world through his narrators, using the motif of dreams, in his poetry.

  2. Literary analysis on September 1, 1939 by W.H. Auden

    The metaphor ?a psychopathic god? further portrays Hitler to be a powerful and terrifying dictator. The fact that both Luther and Hitler were advocates of anti-Semitism suggests how such zealotry ?has driven a culture mad? and turned Hitler into an idealized, godlike figure? an ?imago?.

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