Great Expectations Pip's Life Essay

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In stage two of Great Expectations, we are observers to the happenings in Pip's new home of London. Pip's simple life in Kent is vastly different from his privileged life in the metropolis. For example, in Kent there were so few people that everybody knew everybody else, whereas, in Pip's new abode, there are many more people which makes it impossible to know everybody. However, we can see that there are similarities in the personalities of the city-dwellers and the inhabitants of Kent. Along with these changes from small town to metropolis, there also comes a whole plethora of positive and negative experiences that allow Pip to grow as a person.
The rural and urban settings portrayed in Great Expectations are very easily described and compared. In the rural environment of Kent there is a sense of community, and even Miss Havisham is fairly sociable and has people over. Pip's home in the marshes is also very small and somewhat clean, and it is a place where everyone is familiar with each other. London, the urban counterpart, is a bustling city that is moderately dirty because of its high population. Thus, people are more anonymous and less sociable. This is adequately shown when we see Mr. Jaggers “wash his hands” of people, and this also shows the strict line that divides the upper and lower classes of the city. Finally, the rural and urban backgrounds are only similar in one way. In both settings there are the same archetypal people, but they just express themselves differently based on their environment. For example, in both settings we have the archetype of the bully illustrated by both Orlick and Drummel. Orlick bullies people through violence while the spider-like Drummel uses his social standing. The town of Kent and the city of London each have different traits that make them unique.
The differences between the urban and rural backdrops far outweigh the similarities. First off, it is common sense that a busy metropolis will be more crowded and, therefore, dirtier than the secluded rural town. Also, the city is more anonymous than the country where everybody knows everything about...

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