Great Expectations centers around a boy Pip who changes from the lower class of society to the higher class. Pip was an orphan brought up cruelly by his sister and looked forward to one day being a blacksmith just as Joe was one. However, he was introduced to Miss Havisham and Estella and they made him reject his simple life and want more. As a child, Pip was ignorant, obedient, and fearful because of his upbringing, but due to his interactions with Miss Havisham and Estella he began to yearn for more and develop both ambition and snobbery.
In the novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, the protagonist Pip, a poor orphan boy, dreams of one day becoming a “gentleman of great expectations.” This is because Pip becomes enamored with the life style of a girl named Estella the adopted daughter, of Miss Havisham, a strange, wealthy lady, who takes Pip to her house to play with Estella. As the story continues, Pip, is given the chance to fulfill his dreams of becoming a gentleman through the help of a anonymize benefactor. Over time, Pip changes into an arrogant and ambitious man who cares for nothing except his position and Estella. Eventually, Pip learns that loyalty is what makes a true gentleman. Throughout the novel, Pip proves himself to be kind as a boy, but more ambitious
Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations follows the maturing of main character Philip “Pip” Pirrip from a very young age until his adulthood. The novel starts with Pip being just six years old, alone on the marsh where he has an encounter that changes his whole life. What is notable about this early Pip is how he is shaped and manipulated by the ideologies of those around him, especially when it comes to social class. Dickens makes it very clear that Pip does not reach maturity until he frees himself from these notions that had been set upon him, and begins to see past the overt attributes associated with station.
Pip's life is transformed as a result of his meeting Estella and his experience at Satis House. From the beginning, Estella treats Pip with humiliation and disrespect. She insults Pip for “what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!” (p. 35) This affects him so much that he ends up crying because of these insults. Yet his response is still love, because he is attracted to her beauty and her high social class.The idea of Pip's gaining her love would be very slim. Pip, who is constantly mistreated, is comfortable being emotionally abused. Estella's cruelty fits his idea of abuse, his sense of powerlessness, and his low self esteem, so he is drawn to her. Estella’s view on a person’s rank is society is a crucial point to the relationship they will have with her since, when Pip becomes a gentleman; Estella calls Pip, Pip instead of boy. This is a form of respect for Pip to call him by his proper name. Because this was the treatment while he was a gentleman and not while he is a blacksmith, she is showing that she has more respect for Pip with a higher rank in society. She sets a struggle between Pip’s personal ambition and his dissatisfaction, which Biddy teaches Pip the error of his ways and shows that being common is not so
Years later through some strange twist of fate, Pip becomes endowed with "great expectations" and is given an opportunity to go to London. Since Pip wanted to win Estella, he decides to make himself a gentleman. He thinks that this choice will make him important or big but that is far from the truth. Pip leaves his home and family where he once was taught about hard work, trust, truth, and love. He realizes later that the things he had learned discredit his idea that being a gentleman makes him more significant.
Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations depicts the desire of improvement through the conversation and actions of the characters, including Pip. Taking place in the 19th century, Great Expectations shows the important events of Pip’s life from the age of seven years old until his mid-thirties. Along the way, Pip meets a variety of friends and acquaintances that have an influence on him in forming his decisions and goals. They are constantly leaving him in confusion; however, Pip has the same influence on them. The friendships formed throughout the novel constantly make the characters reevaluate their choices, education, and rank in society in hopes of improving their life.
The novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is one of unrequited love and the desperation for elitism for Pip, a poor orphan boy. Pip is starstruck by Estella, the haughty and cruel, even violent, “daughter” of a rich and eccentric elderly woman named Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham controls and teaches Estella instructions to break the hearts of men as her own personal vendetta against all men after her love for a man is unrequited. Estella has no feelings and even admits that she has “… not bestowed [her] tenderness anywhere” (251). Despite her cruel attitude and disinterest in him, she serves as the most significant beacon in Pip’s life in attaining his goal of becoming a gentleman and breaking free from his poor and lowly life. With Miss Havisham’s control upon her, Estella’s detached emotionless nature and cold arrogance shine through and show how she pilots Pip’s desperation in attempting to reach her and his change in becoming an arrogant gentleman.
For a few years following this event, Pip frequently visited extremely wealthy old women named Miss Havisham. In the process, he falls in love with the woman’s adopted daughter named Estella. She, however, despises him for being common and not a gentleman and she frequently puts him down and, on one occasion, causes him to cry. After about a year of providing company, she tells him not to visit her any more and pays him for his services.
In the beginning of the story Pip was not wealthy, he was living in poverty. His manners were not as great as a rich person's, he did not own much of anything, and he was treated poorly because of that. Joe was not wealthy, and nor was Mrs. Joe. They treated Pip like they would anyone else, as an equal. When he went to Estella’s house, she treated him like he was a laboring boy. Just by looking at him, she concluded that she was better than him because he looked poor, and she looked rich. That was the first time Pip didn’t look at everyone as an equal. He looked at Estella as being rich, and him being poor.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, follows the story of Philip Pirrip, known as Pip, from childhood to adulthood. Throughout the novel Pip is learning why affluence and social status aren’t as important as the relationships we have and the way we treat the people in them.