The Value of Originality

analytical Essay
913 words
913 words

As American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “To be yourself, in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” In other words, pressure and temptation lurk in every corner and create a self-image that everyone feels obligated to have and people should not fear being themselves for the sake of others’ opinions. Charles Dickens conveys this message primarily through his protagonist, Pip, in his classic Great Expectations. Before Pip gained wealth and confidence, he constantly tried to impress the beautiful, yet arrogant Estella. His expectations only fueled the burning desire to please her, along with his drastic change in attitude. Estella, side effects of wealth, and loyal family like Joe all helped Pip realize that others can help form his opinions, but he possesses the ability to act for himself. Throughout Great Expectations, Charles Dickens implies that in order to attain true happiness, people must stay true to their character regardless of negative influences. In Great Expectations, Pip became elegant and educated for Estella, which succeeded, but failed to win Estella’s heart. Pip begins to feel conscious of his common beginnings and family to impress her, although he knows that Estella holds no feelings for him. Estella often tests his resilience with her verbal and mental abuse, particularly when “her eyes laughed mischievously” (101) at him. Pip obviously senses that Estella is not a compassionate person, yet he is still drawn to her. He wanted to gain her respect by rising to her own level through any means possible, even using an innocent friend like Biddy for his own selfish purposes. Pip decides “that the best step I could take towards making [himself] un-common ... ... middle of paper ... ...kens’ Great Expectations. He now realizes that no one, not even Estella and Joe, can set standards for who he should be. Another significant lesson Pip learns is the effect money should have on his life. Wealth should not affect or change who he is in any way, shape, or form. Even in a Victorian society, riches are merely a means of obtaining concrete possessions and personality is what really counts. Pip’s many disappointments in himself show that others can influence his character, but he makes the final choice that reflects his real persona to the world. The reader should now sense that straying away from one’s true nature can only result in unhappiness and confusion. In Great Expectations, Pip overcomes the ultimate challenge of ignoring the world’s values in life and emerging as one of God’s unique individuals. Works Cited Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how charles dickens conveys this message through his protagonist, pip, in his classic great expectations.
  • Analyzes how pip became elegant and educated for estella, which succeeded, but failed to win her heart.
  • Analyzes how money shaped pip into a greedy, love-struck man desperate to reach an unlikely goal.
  • Analyzes how pip mistreated joe, but shows his loving nature by not holding onto those feelings of bitterness. affection proved to be the solution for finding a lost personality.
  • Analyzes how pip realizes that no one, not even estella and joe, can set standards for who he should be in charles dickens' great expectations.
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