How Does Charles Dickens Use Of Social Justice

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In 1860, Charles Dickens wrote his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations. He would write for commercial purposes and Dickens chose to publish the novel periodically as it would be of higher value than if he were to publish a full novel. Dickens published Great Expectations from December 1860 until August 1861. The novel depicts the growth and development of an orphan nicknamed Pip, following him through childhood to coming of age.
Dickens crammed all genres of Victorian writing into his book: the 'Silver Fork' novel, the 'Newgate' novel, the 'Gothic' novel, the 'Romantic' novel and the 'social purpose' novel. The 'Silver Fork' novels are about the rich fascinated by the poor. Pip and (both coming from poor backgrounds) Estella were both fascinated
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This novel has autobiographical aspects as he spent time as a court reporter and saw severe punishments given to the poor and sent abroad. On the other hand, rich people were given less harsh sentences.
Nevertheless, Pip's discomfort at his origins contributes his aspiration to become a "gentleman". One day, Pip wants to marry Estella. In order to do so, Pip has to meet her standards.
Towards the start of chapter eleven, Estella guided Pip to Miss Havisham’s room until she came to a stop to turn to Pip. There she interrogated him, asking a few questions: “Am I pretty?” To this, Pip replied “Yes; I think you are very pretty.” Estella’s next question being “Am I insulting?” “Not as much so as you were last time” he answered. Estella questions “Not so much so?” Once more, Pip replied “no.” This was not the answer Estella expected and ‘she slapped my face with such force as she had, when I answered it’. Again she asked her question. This time Pip replied “I shall not tell you” and the two went up to Miss Havisham’s room shortly
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Pip has no intention to go back home until he receives a letter from Miss Havisham, asking him to visit her. Pip enters Miss Havisham's room, joined with a ‘lady whom I had never seen before, lifted up her eyes and look archly at me, and then I saw that the eyes were Estella’s eyes’. Indicating she has changed and transformed into a different person that he could only know her from her eyes. It is then Pip realises he still has feeling for Estella: ‘I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection’ but ‘I slipped hopelessly back into the coarse and common boy again’. From this, Pip feels like the years that have passed have meant nothing for she still is her old self and that could only mean he was too. Later on, Pip and Estella go into the garden to talk and Pip begins to reminisce over their past after seeing the pale young gentleman (Herbert) jogs his memory. Estella comments: “Since your change in fortune and prospects, you have changed your companions.” Implying wealth has changed him and thus the people he chooses to surround himself with. After a while of talking, Pip found Estella could not remember a second of their earlier encounters: “I have no heart – if that has anything to do with my memory”. Expressing she has no compassion and is not guilty about the events that took place so it does not stick out in her mind. Showing indifference towards Pip. He hopes the two of them would

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