Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations Essay

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British author Charles Dickens emphasizes gentility and what being a true gentleman entails in his novel, Great Expectations. It is clear from the first introduction of the topic that Pip’s definition of being a gentleman is staggeringly different from the definition Dickens implied. Charles Dickens defines true gentility not by the amount of money to one’s name, or the amount (or lack of) education one has received- but by one 's true character. True character consists of the way you treat others, and the decisions you make. Ultimately, it is what standards you set for yourself-- a moral code. As Pip matures throughout the novel, he slowly recognizes the meaning of true gentility. Pip also begins to recognize who around him embodies such qualities. Pip has been introduced to many fine gentlemen throughout the novel, but because of his false ideals, he was only able to focus on his desire to become a wealthy gentleman. Pip’s idea of gentility is based purely off wealth, education, and social status. In fact, Pip is not alone with his opinion. In the Victorian age this was the accepted and standard belief. It is clear to readers who introduced the society’s way of thinking into young Pip’s mind. Estella Havisham, a cold and cruel companion of Pip, is where he gathered such ideals. Since a young age, Pip had been traveling to Miss Havisham’s home, The Satis House. There is where he met Estella, who becomes his unattainable dream for the rest of the novel.…

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