Theme Of Wealth In Great Expectations

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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
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With not having feelings she claims, “‘That I have no heart… I have no softness there, no sympathy-sentiment-nonsense”’ (Dickens 254). She was informing Pip that she has never felt positive emotions for anyone. Always bitter and a dismal person to be around, Estella made it known that she was not happy, despite her wealth. She was unruly to other people that loved and cared for her. As demanding and persistent as she was Estella treated people as if they were of less value than her. Though she may have had a husband, her marriage was far from perfect. Her life was soon falling apart Pip exclaims, “I had heard of her as leading the most unhappy life, and as being separated from her husband, who had used where with great cruelty, and who had become quite renowned as a compound of pride, brutality and meanness,” (Dickens 511). Her marriage ended in the death of Drummle, her husband.Getting severely injured while mistreating a horse, he lost his life. He mistreated her also, therefore contributing to her unhappiness. Miss Havisham never thought that Estella would soon turn out this way, miserable and harsh. Quite seemingly having it all, Estella lived a sour life with one thing missing, the extra bliss in her life, being the happiness that some may have from life, not …show more content…
He was happy with his living situation. He did not have a significant amount of money thus the forge was not fancy. Pip proclaims that, “Home had never been a very pleasant place to me, because of my sister’s temper. But Joe sanctified it, and I believed in it” (Dickens 111). Despite it being a physical manifestation of their poverty, Joe thought the forge was a beloved place. Joe was a blacksmith, and greatly savored his craft. His home represented “the glowing road to manhood and independence” (Dickens 111). Joe believed that Pip one day would be just like him, living in the forge, making minimal money and living a good life. The Gargery 's were very much impoverished. Joe looked right through their financial situation. Cheerful and content as he always was, Joe always had a positive outlook on life. Joe never considered this fact, but Pip on the other hand expressed that, “‘Now it was all coarse and common, and I would not have had Miss. Havisham and Estella see it on any account’” (Dickens 11). Unlike Pip, Joe was not embarrassed by his living situation. He loved his job and life. He tried his best to be himself around Estella and Miss Havisham, though Pip was not even a little impressed by his behavior. Believing in the importance of his job, Joe is seen to gladly accept humble work like blacksmithing. The job that he was doing was all he needed for satisfaction. Making more money never crossed his mind. While Mrs. Joe

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