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Great Expectation Theme Essay

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Great Expectations is a coming of age story that revolves around the life of one man Pip.  From the time he was seven years old until he was in his mid-thirties, Pip shows us the important events in his life that shaped who he became.  Along the way, he acquires a menagerie of different acquaintances and friends that influence him in his decisions and goals for his life. 
Pip's story has one main point: no matter what happens to a person in their life, a person cannot change who they are inside.  Pip does not realize this at first however.  From the time he met Estella and Miss Havisham, Pip tried to change himself to fit a mold that he thought they desired.  He began simply, learning to read and write.  As time went on, and his circumstances changed, Pip pulled farther and farther away from where he came from and in doing that, who he was.  Through his story, people see that this type of change brings him no joy, and in Pip's case, exactly the opposite.
Pip's story is not about living happily ever after with Estella.  Dickens never tells us what happens, if anything, between them in the end.  He leaves it only that they remain friends.  There is a purpose for this.  Dickens novel is about Pip's quest for Estella's love and what he is willing to do to gain it.  The story is never about the love itself.  We can see this because in the majority of the story, Estella is only present in Pip's heart and thoughts.  The actual interaction between the characters Dickens keeps at a minimum. 
Great Expectations is a story that the public can relate to because at some point, everyone goes through the struggles that Pip must battle.  It shows that possessions and wealth do not change who people are inside, and that finding one's self can be a long tedious process until finally the mists rise and everything becomes clear. 

Essay on Great Expectations Theme Analysis

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Since it was first published over 150 years ago, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations has come to be known as a timeless and remarkably moving work of literature. It is considered to be one of Dickens’ most recognizable works, and is celebrated for its meaningful, universally-believed themes. In order for this novel to be properly understood, a thoughtful analysis of its major themes must be given.
Socio-Economic Status and Hierarchy The ones who seem to be most affected by society’s beliefs about class and social order are Pip, his family, and his friends, who would definitely fall under the “lower” part of the socio-economic ladder. Throughout the novel, the “lower” characters have a heightened and even a bit unhealthy obsession with…show more content…

Since it was first published over 150 years ago, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations has come to be known as a timeless and remarkably moving work of literature. It is considered to be one of Dickens’ most recognizable works, and is celebrated for its meaningful, universally-believed themes. In order for this novel to be properly understood, a thoughtful analysis of its major themes must be given.
Socio-Economic Status and Hierarchy The ones who seem to be most affected by society’s beliefs about class and social order are Pip, his family, and his friends, who would definitely fall under the “lower” part of the socio-economic ladder. Throughout the novel, the “lower” characters have a heightened and even a bit unhealthy obsession with class status. This is first seen when the character Miss Havisham is introduced; Uncle Pumblechook and the Gargery’s, Mrs. Joe especially, are elated that Pip will have an association with Miss Havisham, a very wealthy spinster. They believe that Pip and Miss Havisham’s association will both increase their wealth and social class, with Mrs. Joe proclaiming, “this boy’s (Pip’s) fortune may be made by his going to Miss Havisham’s…” (Dickens 82). At first, young Pip does not care for such beliefs, but as he becomes older, he begins to internalize them, and he himself starts to develop a sense of social order. It might have become established during his first encounter with Miss Havisham’s, in which he is severely ridiculed by Estella to the

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