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Great Expectations Essay

  • Submitted by: austinjb14
  • on March 22, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 362 words

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“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value" Albert Einstein.This quote relates to the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in many ways. When Pip sees Satis House, he wanted to be a wealthy gentleman, when he realizes that he cannot read, he wants to learn how; when he acts up he tries to fix his wrongdoing. Pip’s desire for self improvement is where the title comes from because he wants to achieve everything he puts his mind to, including becoming a man of value.

Pip wanted to be a better behaved boy in the begining of the story. He is extremely hard on himself when he acts immorally and he always feels guilty. When he leaves for London, for instance, he badgers himself about having behaved so badly toward Joe and Biddy. He also felt very guilty after stealing food from Mrs. Joe and suspects that the soldiers are there to get him.

Second, Pip wants social improvement. Since he was in love with Estella he wanted to become a member of her social class and become a gentleman. Throughout the whole story he loved Estella and would do anything for her   love. he would even turn on the ones he loved.The working out of this fantasy creates the plot of the novel.

Third, Pip wanted an improvement in his education. This desire is connected to his strong desire to marry Estella. He thinks that a full education is a requirement of being a gentleman. As long as he is a blacksmith apprentice, he has no hope of becoming a gentleman. Pip understands this as a child, when he learns to read at Mr.Wopsle’s aunt’s school, and as a young man, when he takes lessons from Matthew Pocket.

Throughout the novel Pip tries to change what people think about him based on his background. He tries to change his social class, his education and his behavior. So when reading Great Expectations remember this quote by Albert Einstein,“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

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