The Importance Of Wealth In Great Expectations

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Many people say jealousy is the big green monster, but when it comes to green, the monster of greed is the biggest of them all. Wealth is universal; everyone has some kind of wealth, whether it be of the soul or of power and money, but how people handle it is what determines how other people view them. In Charles Dickens’s novel, Great Expectations, he deals with many social issues, some of which include wealth, money, and greed. Some people may say that because Pip’s expectations are to procure money and wealth, Dickens puts a premium on how wealth and money affect people’s life positively, but in Great Expectations, it is quite the contrary. Dickens argues that wealth and money corrupt people, but bestowing it upon others is a sign of integrity, …show more content…
For instance, Miss Havisham, who is very wealthy seems to not care about Pip’s well being or his feelings while she uses him as a pawn to teach Estella to “break his heart”. (Dickens 42) This evidence is important, because all that is known about Miss Havisham coming into Satis House is she is part of an affluent family, and after Pip witnesses how Miss Havisham treats him and uses Estella for her own vendetta, using her status to attract men like flies and swat them down as such. However, even though Havisham is a deceitful character she does give Joe “five-twenty guineas”. but shuts Pip out of any further contact after Pip asks “Am I to come again, Miss Havisham”? (Dickens 73) This evidence indicates how Miss Havisham had no plan for Pip after Estella broke his heart and that Miss Havisham doesn 't care what she does to the people in the middle of her revenge scheme. Finally, Miss Havisham begins to regret what she did and asks Pip if she “can only serve you, Pip, by serving your friend”. (Dickens 287) This evidence brings to light that when Miss Havisham started giving away her money to other people to help them and repent, then her character becomes more than just the cruel old rich lady and starts to be appreciated more in the novel and by …show more content…
He used the examples of Joe, Miss Havisham, and Magwitch in Great Expectations to show this. The green monster of greed affects all of the characters whether it is causing Pip to ditch his family or whether the lack of greed constructively affects a character like Magwitch. Whether it is the wealth of the soul or of the dollar anyone can be corrupted while trying to chase wealth and

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