Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Talented Mr Ripley by Anthony Minghella present similar criticisms of society to a large extent. Both of these texts consider the criticisms of rich social contexts (wealth and status), societal morality (whether a society is good or not. Status [can lead to the wrong people being in a high position i.e. making bad decisions affecting the community/society] Appearance [society appears to be moral/good (if you’re from a higher status) {dickens criticises this fact} but in actuality is not (if you’re from a lower status]) and the class system (status + wealth) experienced in these societies. Through the desire to improve oneself, these two texts present these criticisms through the concerns of wealth and status. These concerns are interrelated and are reflected through their different contexts. This is due to them being created during two different time periods with Minghella’s 1990’s society and Dickens original 19th century criticisms. Despite these two texts being written in these times they are both focusing on time periods before their creation with The Talented Mr Ripley being set in the 1950’s and Great Expectations being from the early 19th century. This sets the idea that these criticisms are an everlasting problem in society. Paragraph 1: Charles Dickens criticise the arbitrary nature of the rich social 19th century context through the concern of wealth and status. Charles Dickens sets the novel in the early Victorian

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