Pip finally realizes the appalling behaviors he has shown to those that gave him nothing but love. As a pensive pip states, “…The inaptitude had never been in [Joe] at all, but it had been in me” (516). When Pip loses his status and wealth, he realized that they were just material things, and never as important as he thought they were. Pip’s fight with passion and responsibility is finally won by responsibility, and the redemption he later sought so desperately was given to him by his friends and family.
It could be argued that Pip loved the idea of being with Estella more than he actually loved Estella personally. It also might be why in the end there is no clear answer as to whether or not Pip and Estella end up together. He later realizes that money does not secure happiness and he recognizes his abandonment of those he truly cares about. In both the novel and film he realizes that he gave into the pressures of a capitalist society and that he made choices based on self-interest which created conflict with those around them. One can only feel sympathy for a young boy who was devalued and taught to be ashamed of himself.
When Miss Havisham brings up the topic of his apprenticeship Pip feels like all his dreams have been crushed, as he had been under the assumption that Miss Havisham was going to make a gentleman out of him. This is in contrast to Pip before he went to Satis house, where it was just a given he would apprentice to Joe, there was no questioning it. Because of them he feels itchy in his station. He is starting to adopt their ideas on social class, this being the same little boy who helped a cold, starving criminal in the beginning of the book, now he feels ashamed of Joe, thinking how Estella would think him so
In my opinion, I think it is the fact that Magwitch gives Pip the money to help him become a gentleman, that turns him into a kind of Frankenstein character not the other way round. Pip always dreams of becoming rich and being a gentleman, but in the end it is obvious that he does not need this unwanted wealth that drives him forwards in society but backwards in the real world, where other things count. The reader starts to dislike Pip in the book the more he gains and the
Although, his narcissism exhibits the common issue with American capitalism-it leads to greediness, unhappiness, and anger. This yearning for success can also cause an obsession with appearance and the self, which is a main focus in Willy Loman’s life. He says that to get somewhere, it is good to be “built like (an) Adonis,” which he tells his sons. At one point in his life, he felt he never had to ask for anything, and that when he walked in a room, he got what he wanted because “‘Willy Loman is here!’” Eventually, Willy ages and lacks the flair that he once had, and is left with unimpressive salesman skills. Due to America’s obsession with appearance, old-age is a plague to American society.
This is a great influence given from the Magwitch. However, this only has a physical influence on Pip. Even though Magwitch caused Pip to feel guilty for stealing food, he came back and proved himself a noble character. When Pip sees that his helper was a convict, he realizes that the money he got was a man of a lower social class than himself. This made him feel inferior.
Willy believed good looks, material goods, and likeability would guarantee his sons this dream. Willy's perspective will eventually lead to his fall as the protagonist of the story. Willy also lies about many things throughout the story to make his image look better than he really is, "Linda asks how much Willy has sold and although he initially lies about the amount, Linda patiently waits for the truth, which is that he has barely made enough to pay the bills." (Arthur Miller) Willy's American dream is to be known to everyone and financially successful. Willy doesn't believe in hard work and honesty to achieve the highest respect but instead focuses on personal appearance and social judgement.
The Maturation of Pip in Great Expectations In Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, the author begins the tale by revealing Pip's arrogance towards previous companions. By the end of the story, we learn of Pip's love and compassion for everyone. In Great Expectations, during the middle of the book, Pip creates a rather low opinion of himself acting arrogant and conceited to others. For example, When Joe is coming to visit Pip, Pip thinks to himself, "I was looking forward to Joe's coming not with pleasure, thought that I was bound to him... If I could have kept him away by paying money, I would have paid money (pg.841).
Without realizing it, Pip grows further and further away from the genuine reality of his life at the forge. Later, when Pip is endowed with his unexpected fortune, he becomes selfish, greedy, and makes excuses for himself not to keep in touch with Joe and Biddy. As he goes through the process of making out his bills, he illustrates his ability to fool himself and to turn his face away from reality towards what is empty and false. “There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did” (336).
Pip's False Expectations In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the reader is taken through the journey of a little boy as he pursuits his dream and great expectations beyond his common self. Pip's, the protagonist, dream of becoming a gentleman is realized upon his meeting of Estella, the love of his life. Pip changes from an innocent, sensitive and common young boy to a selfish, rejecting adolescent. He is led into making grave mistakes based on his false expectations of marrying Estella and being a gentleman. In the end, he learns that all his aspirations have been based on false presumptions and expectation of his ability to rise above his past and become something better.