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The Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

Decent Essays
Grace Evans
Ms. Weichert
Honors English
20 February 2017
Morals
“I wonder why he didn’t marry her and get all the property” (174). In the book, Great Expectations, author Charles Dickens explores the idea that money and status make people happier, or does it? Society has created a myth that money buys happiness. Rich equals contentment, and poor equals melancholy. People have been led to believe that success is measured by the size of their bank accounts. During the Victorian time period, society changed how status was measured. Before, one’s social class was determined by family and heritage. The Victorian Era introduced the ability to earn income to move up in society. Charles Dickens created the novel, Great Expectations to show that
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Miss Havisham’s negative opinions of men, unfortunately corrupts Estella’s idea of true love. This proves Miss Havisham’s moral compass is skewed. She lost her sense of right and wrong and continues to make poor choices leading to her unhappiness. Pip, the narrator of the story, becomes the victim of Miss Havisham’s revenge. She demands Pip to love Estella saying, “Love her, love her, love her! If she favors you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!” (231). Miss Havisham lures Pip into loving Estella. Her immoral character shines through as she attempts to hurt Pip by having him love someone who will never understand true love. Miss Havisham is rich and wants for nothing but becomes a selfish, bitter person because the love of her life broke her heart. Despite Miss Havisham being wealthy, readers understand it could not stop her from becoming an immoral person. In contrast to Miss Havisham, Dickens uses Abel Magwitch to show that economic hardship does not always influence a person’s happiness or how one treats others. Magwitch grew up going in and out of prison because he was desperate and had to steal turnips to survive. Eventually, Magwitch escapes from prison and meets young Pip. Magwitch threatens to hurt Pip if he does not help him. Pip manages find Magwitch a food and file but did not
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