The Truth Behind Money And Happiness Essays

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The Truth Behind Money and Happiness
Wealth does not profess everything about an individual. Many may perceive that if one has more riches, one is happy and complete. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens conveys the idea that one’s wealth may determine one’s fate, but not their happiness, as shown through the characterizations of Estella and Joe.
Estella had a wealthy upbringing. She was adopted by an affluent woman, because of this she had access to many opportunities that determined her future. Estella looked down on others who were members in lower classes than her, as shown when she says,...“‘With this boy? Why he is a common laboring-boy!’” (Dickens 62). Growing up, seeing him as less value than her, she looked down on him. During Pip’s childhood, he didn’t have as many opportunities as Estella did. Estella saw Pip not valuable because she grew up in a privileged home. Pip was a common boy, he wore fundamental clothing, as most working class people did. Estella saw him as generic and not unique like she was. While pointing out flaws she believes working class people have, she is mocking him with her bitterness as she professes, “‘And what coarse hands he has! And thick boots!”’ (Dickens 63). She was pointing out flaws in Pip because she felt superior to a common laborer. She felt like she was justified to judge Pip and point out his flaws. Before Pip met Estella he never had anyone point out his flaws. Pip was astonished when Estella did this, thus he never…

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