Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Essay

1137 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Parker Driggs
Mrs. Turner
Honors British Literature
7 December 2016
“Growth” Expectations Potential is the inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or success in the future. Young people are often labeled with having immense potential, sometimes creating an immense burden on them as they try to fulfill those expectations. The potential these people possess can mark the beginning of a great period of growth and development if they learn to nurture their potential appropriately as they grow up. However, the pressure to live up to perceived potential for some people can be overwhelming and cause one to act outside of his/her personality. In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pip’s difference in behavior due to the expectations placed on him signals the beginning of a dramatic growth process. Throughout the novel, Pip’s growth due to the values accompanied with the great expectations bestowed upon him leads him to undergo a full circle transformation from a lovable boy to an arrogant teen and back to a loving and devoted young adult. As a child, Pip is a lovable boy and acts this way until his visit to Satis House which begins to change his behavior. When Pip is a young boy, he thinks of Joe as his best friend as he refers to Joe as a “larger species of child, and as no more than my equal” (Dickens 9). By referring to Joe as a larger species of child, Pip feels very comfortable around Joe and almost sees him as another child as both take pleasure in…

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