The novel Great Expectations is focused around the theme of a young
male’s expectations and how they rule his life. It tells us the
effects they have on people and the negative impact they have on Pip’s
life. The Title to the novel “Great Expectations” totally contradicts
the main theme in the book, as the expectations turn out to be not so
great after all. The book is split up into 3 sections of Pip’s “Great
Expectations”, all of these sections show us how Pip’s life has been
affected by these expectations.
Throughout the novel we see how expectations have left their mark on
Pip’s life. Chapter one is were we are introduced to the main
character Pip. Our first impression of Pip is that he is naïve,
innocent and lonely young boy, the fact that Pip refers to his mother
as “Georgina, wife of the above” tells us that he has received no
guidance or teaching in his life and is unaware of his surroundings.
Pip is then dramatically changed by his expectations when Pip first
meets Mrs Havisham. He is introduced to a whole new view of life, and
realises he is not as happy as he thinks he is. Pip in a way blames
his upbringing as he says, “My sisters bringing up made me sensitive.”
When introduced to Estella Pip is infatuated by her and when she says
how “coarse” and “common” he is, he feels embarrassed and humiliated.
This is the turning point of Pip’s life, his blinding obsession with
Estella makes him determined to become the gentleman that she wants,
guided by his expectations.
Pip’s expectations are acted upon many different characters throughout
the novel, and nearly most of the time they have a negative effect on
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they what seem to be.
Overall throughout this book expectations play a big role, we see how
they rule Pip’s life and how they can affect others in many different
ways. We see how Pip’s life ends up in a good way and that how
expectations can blind others from reality. Money can change anybody
and Pip was no exception. When Pip is poor he truly wants to be a
gentlemen, he has great expectations for himself. Pip feels
embarrassed that his family has no money. Pips pride corrupts him and
blinds him from how he is treating Joe. Expectations are extremely
significant throughout this novel and they show us what they can do if
you are obsessed with them. In Victorian society it was an extremely
sought after dream to be wealthy and well respected, Pip was a victim
of this view and eventually realised that a gentleman is something
more than riches.
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