Character Analysis Of Great Expectations

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In the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a young man named Pip sets out on a journey to become a gentleman, even though he comes from a poor family. As he moves to the big city and starts living more and more like a gentleman he starts leaving his past behind him. To even become a gentleman he had to leave his best friend behind, his home behind and his former job. Throughout his journey to become part of high society he meets several wealthy people who both Pip and the reader aren’t very fond of. Pip learns that more wealth, and being a gentleman or lady doesn’t make you a better person than any common man. Through Pip’s experiences the reader can see that wealth often leads to manipulative, or egotistical personalities, while…show more content…
[...] they would be dispersed in all directions by one stray thought, that perhaps after all Miss Havisham was going to make my fortune when my time was out.” (148). Pip’s thoughts of his future in the forge as a common man were destroyed, when Miss Havisham promised him a fortune. But Miss Havisham didn’t even supply the money for his gentleman-training. She manipulated him into thinking she was giving him money, yet the only reason she ever wanted him around was to ruin his love life and have him become obsessed with a girl he could only hope to get because that was how Miss Havisham trained the girl. Miss Havisham and her manipulative, selfish actions easily qualify her as a someone who sees herself as above the rules, or better than other people. She doesn’t have any care or respect for Pip and who he is and tricks him because of her lack of care for those “below” her, in their wealth. When Pip finally is informed that Mrs. Havisham is putting him through the misery of being rejected just because she wants to, and not because she is also giving him money, Pip’s new opinion of Miss Havisham shows the reader her true personality, and it isn’t pretty, “I only suffered in Satis House as a convenience, a sting for the greedy relations, a model with a mechanical heart to practise on when no other practises was at hand” (348). Pip feels like a practice dummy because the only reason rich Miss Havisham
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