Analysis Of Charles Dickens ' Great Expectations

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Olivia Smith
Mr. Oravec
AP Literature and Composition
27 January 2014
Analysis Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations “And as to the condition on which you hold your advancement in life—namely, that you are not to inquire or discuss to whom you owe it—you may be very sure that it will never be encroached upon, or even approached by me, or by any one belonging to me.” (Dickens, 177). This excerpt foretells the main theme of the novel, Pip’s journey of self-improvement. The main theme of the novel, Pip’s journey for self-improvement, has been played out between the constant collisions between the choice of affection, loyalty, and conscience and social advancement, wealth, and class. The choice constantly fights its way into Pip’s life over which set is more important to him. Dickens develops the choice throughout the novel. Dickens also splits Pip’s goal and main moral theme of the novel of self-improvement up into three different sections. The three different forms of Pip’s goal throughout the novel: moral, social and educational. Each of the three forms; moral, social and educational; motivate Pip’s action for self-improvement throughout Great Expectations. First, Pip wants to have better morals. During Pip’s early life he made some mistakes and treated people bad. He is motivated by his guilt to make better choices in his later life. Second, Pip longs for social self-improvement. He desires to be with Estella, who is a higher class than him. He strives to become a member…
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