Great Expectations and The Go Between

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Great Expectations and The Go Between Both Great Expectations and The Go Between concern young men from lowly backgrounds who find themselves thrust into the world of the leisured classes and are changed forever. What similarities and differences do you see between the ways in which the two authors handle and develop this shared situation? The reason why we have chosen to compare and contrast Great Expectations and The Go Between is because they have many obvious and many subtle similarities which I am to discuss during t he course of this Essay. Although the two books were written a century apart…show more content…
The role of these two friends is different in that Herbert grows up with Pip and they are much closer than Leo and Marcus. For example, Enough I saw my own feelings in Herbert's face, and, not least among them my, repugnance towards the man who had done so much for me.' This demonstrates how Herbert has helped Pip and that he feels very close to him as he sees his own feelings in his face. Throughout the Summer Leo is used as a playmate and someone to entertain Marcus so that he is kept from bothering the adults, so in this way he is used. The relationship between Herbert and Pip is more intimate, as they live together and help each other out. We also learn about them together as young men not just as boys. The similarity between the two friends of Pip and Leo is that they teach both boys a great deal about how the upper class live. In Great Expectations Herbert teaches Pip that you can be a kind gentleman and don't have to be very rich. In contrast to this Marcus teaches Leo to throw his clothes on the floor for the servants to pick up and to be a superficial gentleman. The men that give the boys examples of how to be a gentleman are Drummle and Hugh. In Great Expectations Dickens tries to show that there are two types of gentleman. Joe is the first example as although he is
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