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Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Early In The Novel Dickens Turns Pip Into A Snob, How Does Dickens Show The Methods And The Results Of This Change?

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Early in the Novel Dickens turns pip into a snob, How does Dickens show the process and the result of this change?This story is focused around the life of a boy called Pip who lives on the forge with his sister and her husband Joe. Pip's relationship with his family and with others changes as the book progresses and as Pip gradually becomes a snob. Dickens shows this process and results of this in a few clear stages.Pip was a young innocent boy, who had no prejudices against any other class or type of person. So upon meeting the criminal Magwitch he does not turn him in. This true innocence or lack of understanding on Pip's part shows Magwitch what innocence is. Due to this reason Magwitch later believes that this innocence and lack of prejudice towards other classes is what the upper class needs. He then decides later when he makes the fortune he deserves to make Pip into an upper class gentleman and therefore make the world a better place, but his trust is misplaced and Pip, with his new status, rapidly turns into what Magwitch despises, an upper class snob.Pip's first step to becoming a gentleman is to visit the residence of Miss Havisham, where he is to meet and play with Estella. Estella has been adopted by Miss Havisham, and is forged into a woman to whom you pour your soul into, only for her to ignore it. The reason she is forged like this is due to Miss Havisham being stood up on the day of her marriage by her fiancé. As a result Estella is brutal with the truth towards Pip, the "coarse, common boy", and she also shows him his inadequacies, "he calls knaves, jacks". This humiliation endured by Pip makes him want to change and be an upper class boy for whom Estella will fall for, but in doing do Pip will loose soul and also in the process become a snob. This is clearly shown when Pip on reflection says, "her contempt was so strong that it became infectious, and I caught it", snobbery is shown at a disease that many hate, and, which Estella is infecting Pip with.Pip's further reflection on his infection of this disease called snobbery, is further shown when he talks about the lack of upbringing that his uncle received, "I wish that Joe had been more genteelly brought up, then I would have been so too". This lack of respect for the methods on which he was brought up, so coarsely, and wishes that he had been brought up more elegantly. This is a clear sign of how Pip has become a snob, seeing that he is a commoner and that he can and should be better, a member of the upper classes to which he has had a taste and wants more of.Another important episode is when Pip is shopping for new more elegant clothes. In the shop he is initially shunned away due to his appearance and his apparent lack of money. But when the subject of large amounts of money is involved, he changes tack almost immediately. He uses such terms as "good morning sir", and "much obliged sir". This change in attitude shows the reader the power of money and how it can change...

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