Essay about Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

1369 Words Nov 17th, 2015 6 Pages
The world famous philosopher Buddha once said, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” In this quote, he wisely teaches us that the present moment is a gift. The past is something that cannot be changed, and the future cannot be determined; the only time that can be controlled is the present. However, only few actually follow this mantra. In Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Pip and Miss Havisham are two perfect examples of people who completely ignore this mantra. Pip focuses his entire life on the future, while Miss Havisham constantly dwells on one moment in her past. Because Pip and Miss Havisham place emphasis on the past and future instead of focusing on their present relationships, they live a life of unhappiness and misery.
Because Pip focuses all his energy on his future aspirations, he pushes away the most important relationships in his life, like his family, and replaces them with money, which leads to his anguish. Pip is a content young boy who sees the best in everything. However, when Estella dubs him a “common labouring boy”, his world crashes down around him and he immediately starts to think about the future, and how he can eliminate that title (69; ch.8). Pip cares so much about Estella’s opinion of him that ever since that moment, he struggles with the idea of his consistent mediocrity. When news comes to him of his fortune, he happily accepts it, not thinking of what this will do to his…

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