Flaws In Society Essay

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Young and old. Rich and poor. Black and white. When one person thinks about those comparisons, they are thought of as opposites. Most often, one is classified as being superior over the other category. These are the differences that people face in everyday life. It is challenging to overcome any one of these classifications, and it takes a great deal of effort. Often times, people are found struggling in the minority that is not commonly liked, creating a problem in their life and in society. In the books Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the main characters face multiple problems in society; Pip encounters the challenge of social classes and Huck ...view middle of the document...

As a child, Pip started out living in the society classified as the lower one, often referred to as being poor. His beginning situation of being an orphan automatically landed him in the lowest social class in England. Living in the town with all different varieties of people, Pip saw the higher social class and often visited Miss Havisham, which was classified as the elite. Socializing with Estella and Miss Havisham, Pip longs to belong to the upper class and be known as a gentleman. When Mr. Jaggers comes into Pip’s life, he realizes that Joe belongs to the lower, working class. This is not what Pip dreams to be in; he wants to be educated, and maybe even a gentleman. Pip is required to make a decision that will affect his life forever; placing him in a different social class, and working his way up the ladder to an “altered position” (Dickens 128) that will be better for his future to fulfill his dreams. Leaving the lower class that he always called home, Pip establishes a feeling of sadness about Joe being the only one left to do all the work. Joe understood what had to happen because, “diwisions among such must come,” (Dickens 207) even though it may bring sadness. Choosing to travel from one social class to another will be a challenge for any person. Pip goes through the challenges, realizing that education, titles, and wealth do not matter as much as they are perceived to. A social class is just a title, but each person is special and unique in their own way, being classified as poor should not restrain a person from living life to the fullest.
On the contrary, Huck Finn encountered a different kind of class. The inequality between white people and black people faced Huck every day during his adventures. With the book being set in the time period around the Civil War, the difference between people with the just the color of their skin was a major problem in...

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