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Pip's State Of Mind Essay

999 words - 4 pages

Pip’s state of mind at this point in the novel is conflicted and torn due to the aspects of social class, and his surroundings. Pip currently lives with his newfound riches and manners, but is constantly reminded of his background of low social class. He refuses to accept his past and is torn between who he is, and how he wants to be – a “gentleman,” sharing a life with his love, Estella.
Before he was given the opportunity to move to London and learn how to be a “gentleman,” Pip spent most of his childhood days over at the Satis House, conversing with Miss Havisham, and admiring her adopted daughter, Estella. Pip goes through many changes in hopes of appeasing the heart and standards of the gorgeous yet cold-hearted Estella. Estella is awfully rude and harsh towards Pip, insulting, and criticizing him, so much, that “when she was gone, [Pip] cried, [and] kicked the wall, and took a hard twist at [his] hair” (61). Whenever he was around her, he would feel embarrassed and ashamed. However, despite her crudeness, Pip’s affections towards her only continues to develop and grow stronger throughout the course of the novel. The broken heart represents the way that Estella has treated him, but the arrow symbolizes his undying her love for her. And despite the fact the Estella looks down upon him, he strives at being a “gentleman” so that he may earn her love and adoration. Although the heart is still warm and red, the purple represents the bruises that Estella has left on his fragile heart.
But Pip understands and believes that in order for Estella’s love to be requited, he must leave behind his past of poverty and low social class. Because Pip is so blinded by the idea of fortune and wealth, he has chosen the Satis House and Estella over his brother-in-law, Joe and the marshes in which he had wandered around in as a young boy. This symbol represents Pip’s perspective, and how in his mind, Joe, and the rest of his childhood would always be of lesser value of his current life. Pip even “[takes an] opportunity of being alone to look at [his] coarse hands and common clothes, [and his] opinion of those accessories was not favorable” (71). Here, Pip is realizing that he himself, for example, is not up to standards of ‘high society’ and Estella, especially Estella. Pip is also realizing that if he has any desires of having an chances of anchoring Estella’s heart, he must get acquainted with finer clothing and become more knowledgeable. Pip leaves behind his naïve family so that he may learn a new way of life, his desired life; a life of higher social class; and with a higher social class, comes wealth – in which he believe will win Estella’s heart. Money and wealth represent the fact that without its presence, Pip feels restricted, and ignorant, living with the...

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