Has one of your parents ever told you that someone is a bad influence? In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens there are many characters that have an influence on others. The main character Pip supports Dickens theory that acquaintances affect how you act by misbehaving more and respecting less when he interacts with a bad influence he also shows this by becoming a gentleman when meeting good people in his life.
Throughout Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pip supports the idea that acquaintances affect how you act by misbehaving more when he meets a bad influence in his life. Pip first shows this when he gets into a fight with the pale young gentleman then he thinks “I had never been so surprised in my live when …show more content…
An example of this is shown when Abel Magwitch or also known as the convict gives Pip money that will let him become a true gentle man in this time Pip starts becoming a true gentle man when Jagers came to him and said that “he has Great Expectations”,(Dickens 174). Pip has changed through the story because of his sharp change in social class, if Pip had not met the convict and helped him he would not have had this change is status and would not be a gentleman. Soon after Pip gained the money and moved to london he and Herbert Pocket “At startops suggestion, (...) put (...) down for election into a club called the finches of the grove”,(Dickens 344 ). Pip has become a true gentleman At startops request because he convinced him to join a gentleman's club so he can learn to act like a gentleman. Before Pip joined the Finches he need to learn the basic rules of how to be a gentleman and Herbart helped him by saying little tips like “society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on the nose”, (Dickens 225). Pip is learning step by step the little tricks that will help him become a gentleman, if Pip had never met Herbert he would be struggling to keep up with upper class social norms. In conclusion Pip shows that acquaintances affect how you act by becoming a true gentleman.