Importance Of Expectations In Great Expectations

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We live within a society where social status matters the most to people and they’re being recognized by the amount of wealth they have. This wealth than leads them to pursue their goals. Goals can be either wanting to be a gentlemen, gaining the love of their life or having the desire of being rich. Both Charles Dickens and Scott Fitzgerald portray in their pieces of literature that individuals/characters are in need of having a higher social status in order to achieve their love, when in fact that status just leads to cruelty, greed and arrogance. In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectation, Pip wants to become a gentlemen because he’s in love with Estella. Therefore, in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby returns after many years as …show more content…
Pip lives with his Sister, and her husband Joe. Joe is a blacksmith with a very small income which makes them poor, and part of the lower class society. Joe taught Pip everything he knew; interaction with others along with the work of a blacksmith. However, Pip just seems to take account for what he lacks rather than realizing what he already has. When Pip is led to Miss Havisham’s world and the upper class society that’s when Pip acknowledges everything he doesn’t have. Pip realizes how much he wants to become part of Miss Havisham’s society, “I had heard of Miss Havisham up town—everybody for miles round, had heard of Miss Havisham up town—as an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion” (Dickens chapter …show more content…
Fitzgerald divided the social society into two; East Egg and West Egg. East Egg is where people are referred as the old money because they were born into wealthy families and inherited the fortune. While on the other hand, West Egg is where the people have recently become wealthy and known to be new money. Those living in West Egg for example, Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway are unable to afford living in East Egg, despite having money. Even though Jay Gatsby has managed to become a wealthy man, he wasn’t able to bring himself to the standards of the old society of upper class. He wouldn’t be considered to be equal in the eyes of Daisy and her husband

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