A Satirical Expedition Essay

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The path towards ambition is a strenuous journey. It is a conniving path of many struggles, hardships and ridicule. But yet the brutality becomes especially burdensome on the least fortunate from the disadvantages in their lack of authority, control, power, money, love etc. As a result of his poorness and worthlessness, Pip embarks to change his life for the better in the enticing high class life as a gentleman. Meanwhile, throughout the novel, Charles Dickens employs satire to depict the faults and criticisms, with a small sense of humor, in Pip’s knotty expectations though his usage of intricate symbolism, irony, paralleling social classes, unexpected plot twists and the poignant mysteries confining the devilish, yet beautiful orphan, Estella.
Firstly, Pip’s expectations begin as a lonely orphan living in the house of his demanding sister, Mrs. Joe, not Mrs. Gargery, but Mrs. Joe. In other words, by the sheer mentions of the name, Dickens satirizes the Victorian times’ gender roles were reversed between Mr. and Mrs. Joe. She was in charge of the house. Plus Pip’s refusal to call Mrs. Joe as ‘sister’ or as ‘Mrs. Gargery’ depicts his perspective as Mrs. Joe as more of a commander in chief rather than a sister. Further along the journey, Dickens satirizes Pip’s survivor’s guilt when Pip realizes he in fact does feel compassion for Mrs. Joe even after her death. Dickens portrays that Pip did need his sister to live. Despite being brought up by hand by the tickler, an umbrella which caused pain instead of laughter against what its name suggests, Pip acknowledged Mrs. Joe for the small motivation to continue as the last living family member. On the other hand, with Joe and Magwitch, Dickens satirizes their underclass and incapability in grammar by changing the letter v to w and deliberately spelling their dialogue incorrectly in most of their speech. For example Dickens alters Joe’s speech to convey his lower class in, “a wisit might not prove unacceptabobble.” (464). Similarly, Pip’s mother Georgina, can be seen as satirical in the underclass for Dickens calls her “wife of the above”. (1).
As Pip’s road to adulthood continues he is sent to the Satris House, where he will receive assistance in becoming a well-mannered boy by wealthy women, Ms. Havisham. But within the house all the clocks were stopped, Ms. Havisham sat in the corner with a wrinkled yellow wedding and wedding cake and mist covered the house. By this ominous scene, Dickens uses Ms. Havisham’s bedroom and her loneliness to convey satire through symbolism. Dickens finds this humorous for he puts Pip’s conscious mind into questioning the life of Ms. Havisham with countless theories of the why expecting answers. Ultimately, this paranoia in expecting all the answers from Ms. Havisham swayed Pip away from the...

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