Transformation In Great Expectations

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As humans grow up, they must experience the weird phase of the teen years, as they leave behind childhood for adulthood. In these times of transformations, one often finds themselves tarnished by the wicked ways of immature love and the humiliation many experience. In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, one is able to watch an innocent boy’s transformation into a mature gentleman who is still a child at heart. Great Expectations is a story of a young boy who is an orphan. The novel traces the growth of the narrator. The young boy, Pip, gets himself into some unexpected scenarios throughout the novel. The novel is written in the Victorian period which is an age of industry, social status and crime. To begin with, this novel was written…show more content…
Estella 's cruel behavior towards Pip is the direct result of Miss Havisham 's teachings. Resentful and bitter about her own broken engagement, Miss Havisham taught the girl to be cruel to men, so she learned to "break their hearts and have no mercy!" (Dickens, 108). Therefore, the beautiful Estella 's cold reaction to Pip and the way she patronizes him are major reasons why he felt the need to change. It was her who convinced him that he was "in a low-lived bad way" (75) and needed to intensify his social status in order to be worthy of her notice. The impact of Miss Havisham 's financial magnificence and indirect cruelty make her a crucial instigator…show more content…
Since the novel was written during the industrial revolution, I was able to see that throughout the novel Charles Dickens often referred to different technologies used during that time period. One technology or way of traveling, the steamboat, becomes a symbol of the technological advancements and progression of the Victorian society. The period of the novel was a time of drastic change. England was in a stage of expanding worldwide and becoming a wealthy world power. At the time that Dickens wrote his novel, the cultural responses of his readers in its time period would probably involve awareness of the troubles of the poor, the imprisoned, and the efforts of a rising middle class to attain wealth and some position. In addition, I noticed the praise given to the aristocracy by such characters as the conceited Pumblechook and the ridiculously hollow Mrs. Pocket. If you placed this piece in the context of our time period the novel would still have the same meaning and be perceived in the same way. Depending on what time period this novel is put in you may still get the same meaning. There’s many different messages that you can get from the book but the main message that would be perceived would be that the novel makes clear that money cannot buy love, nor does it guarantee

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