Analysis: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

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In the present age, the more successful children usually come from well-structured families that are able to provide their children with a lots of care and a happy and loving childhood. Children growing up in this environment will describe their youth as a time of wonder and laughter; they will enjoy the experiences as a child. However, in the Victorian age, this is a completely different story as most children had to go through many hardships and sufferings, in order to satisfy the needs of their family. Great Expectations is set in the Victorian age and Charles Dickens portrays the years of childhood as at time of confusion, darkness and terror. Nevertheless, this unfavorable childhood helps Pip mature as a person in many different ways. …show more content…
At his age, this choice does not trouble him much and when he is presented with a chance to raise his social status, he immediately accepts it, possibly because he is beginning to be blinded by his love toward Estella. Though he regrets his decision later on, he continually reassures himself by thinking about how he could marry Estella. This strong link that Pip presents between him and Estella makes her a strong driving during his unfamiliar life in being a gentleman.
Finally, Pip is largely responsible for his own growth as a young child and later on, as a gentleman. Having survived through many beatings from his sister, and being the lowly apprentice of a blacksmith, Pip expresses an awareness of the different characteristics and qualities of the people around him early on in the novel, as seen when he becomes "conscious of a change in Biddy[...]She was not beautiful—she was common, and could not be like Estella—but she was pleasant and wholesome and sweet-tempered." (Dickens 121) Here, Pip begins to understand the values that matter more than social class and wealth, but his growth is hindered by his desire to be with Estella. Nevertheless, Pip begins to part from his prior innocent self, and starts thinking in ways that makes his strong sense of self-improvement evident. Another example of Pip's awareness, is when he complains that, "Home had never been a very pleasant place to
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