This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

What "Great Expectations" Reveals About The True Nature Of A Gentleman.

2725 words - 11 pages

Trace the moral development of Pip and discuss what "Great Expectations" reveals about the true nature of a gentleman.Charles Dickens' novel, Great Expectations is in a sense a mystery story because the reader wants to find out who the benefactor was but perhaps the biggest mystery of all is who is Pip? The story is about moral maturity and the main character, Pip undergoes a constant moral maturing. Pip's original childhood innocence was stripped of him when he began to desire material wealth and influence. His fear of certain characters like Mrs. Joe and Magwitch inspired him to do some undesirable things. Next when Pip was in London being supported by his convict, he spent his money recklessly in an attempt to gratify himself. Finally, after Pip realized the truth about people, his formerly selfish attitude turned selfless and he accepted others for who they are: not for what they look like, seeing characters and himself in moral terms, as a gentleman, rather than in social terms.The plot also resembles one of a fairy story pattern - humble hero turns out to be a prince because Pip comes into a fortune, Miss Havisham is the fairy godmother and Estella is a princess. However this is far from the truth as we discover and then and the Pip also learns that reality is that Estella is callous and Miss Havisham is more of a witch than a fairy godmother. Pip learns that life is not a fairy story, even when you have money. Pip begins to see that life is not a fairy story where it all ends 'Happily ever after' but begins to realise that he has to make his own way in life and the only way he can achieve this happy ending is to be true to himself and to others around him.The plot also contains many coincidences that bring people together from vastly different social classes; the purpose of this is to demonstrate that wealth and social status do not symbolize ethical virtue, one example of this is Magwitch and Joe. Magwitch, a convict, would be seen as a nobody and would be looked upon as filth but the truth behind this is that Magwitch is in fact in some sense a honourable gentleman and Joe a poor blacksmith would also been seen by others from a better social class as inferior to them but Joe throughout the story becomes an ideal gentleman and someone to look up to. The plot also makes a ethical point that society is a whole and we are responsible for each other but only some of the working and lower class people are aware of this at the time and people who think they are superior tend to forget that they are also responsible for people of a lower class. Pip is the core of the story where all classes meet, this exposes the truth about the true nature of a gentleman and that it isn't linked to how much wealth you possess, education you had or what you dress like.Pip, after many years and many experiences learns to see through this false idea of a gentleman, linked to money, education and external manners and learns that high moral qualities are what matter...

Find Another Essay On What "Great Expectations" reveals about the true nature of a gentleman.

Essay about Magwitch from Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations."

506 words - 2 pages In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the convictable Magwitch may be branded evil and harmful by Victorian standards but turns out to possess many positive qualities. Always looked down upon by proper society, his low social status condemned him to the criminal class where he never learned to speak or act in a refined manner. First depicted as a hardened convict, readers soon see the kind man hidden behind his rough exterior. Magwitch took

What a Story Reveals about the Story Teller

2059 words - 8 pages claim Emily as his wife. She is later married to Palamon. What does this fantastic story tell us about the knight's character and beliefs? This tale gives us insight into the Knight's sense of romance, passion, courage, loyalty and justice or fortune. Firstly, it shows us his ideal of one true, romantic love. He is virtuous and passionate, especially in his love-life. There was only one woman to be won, and neither of the knight's hearts

"The mysteries of Holden Caulfield" is about the symbolism in "The Catcher in the Rye" and what this reveals about the character Holden. Could use a conclusion, we didnt have to put one

888 words - 4 pages In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger there are many insights about Holden Caulfield revealed by symbols, which would otherwise remain unclear. School, the checkerboard, the museum, and cigarettes and alcohol are all symbolic of Holden. These symbols tell us things about Holden that he doesn't tell us straight out. This essay will discuss many symbols in the book and what they tell us about Holden. The checkerboard is referred to a lot

A Masked Woman Reveals Her True Intentions

729 words - 3 pages “old and the late dignities heaped up to them” (Shakespeare I, vi, 22-23). This quote talks about the old honors and the new honors that were just given to them generously by the King. During the big dinner, Lady Macbeth has been happy and delightful to the guests with her true feelings hidden behind the thought of possibly becoming the Queen. When she says “Your servants ever have theirs, themselves, and what is theirs in compt” (I, vi, 32-33

The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I hate about you. Comnpare both texts and what each text reveals about their culture through themes, language and characters

1641 words - 7 pages The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You both raise important issues through their themes, language and portrayal of characters. In doing so they each reflect the prevailing culture of the time they were composed.A modern audience has the opportunity to compare its society to those of the past, a prospect not offered to those of Elizabethan England. This allows a modern audience the ability to analyse views and opinions throughout

The Definition of a Gentleman in Jane Austen’s Persuasion

2280 words - 9 pages The novel Persuasion by Jane Austen uses two different perspectives of what it means to be a gentleman; namely, Anne Elliot’s merit-based perspective and Sir Walter Elliot and Lady Russell’s aristocratic perspective. At the time, landed gentry and aristocrats believed that a man could only be considered a gentleman if he owned land; came from a wealthy, noble family; and did not need to work for an income. However, due to the rise of the

The Destructive Nature of Societal Expectations

1692 words - 7 pages . Similarly, women are conditioned to follow patriarchal values, including essentialism, which puts them in a lesser position. The expectations that a society has on how one must behave are unobtainable. Unfortunately, those in power attempt to impose them through harmful methods. Societal expectations are enforced by punishments that dehumanize the victim. Braidie describes how Sofie, one of her friends who is socially awkward, is treated: “What is It

Articulating What a Text Reveals About Its Context: "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X

1045 words - 4 pages In “Learning to Read,” Malcolm X, one of the most articulate and powerful leaders of black America during the 1960s, describes his struggle of self-education while being incarcerated. Malcolm X composed his journey of self-in order to convey the message that the reader should strive to look for more than what is taught to them by the public school system, to, in a way, look outside the box.The three portions of the rhetorical triangle

A Darwinian Reading of Great Expectations

873 words - 4 pages give stronger textual evidence for her argument. There are concepts that have broad evolutionary implications that Morgentaler says gives Great Expectations reasons for having a Darwinian reading. Morgentaler says, “…The idea of the primitive or low and its relationship to ‘civilized’ society; the idea of adaptation, of what is fit and not fit; and, finally, the conception of time as moving in one direction only—into the future—rather than

A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations"

1991 words - 8 pages A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations" Of all the modern theories that are embraced under the umbrella-term of `critical Theory', feminist criticism is undoubtedly the most agreeable to apply. Drawing on notions and theories from psychoanalytical criticism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, and Marxist criticism, it seeks to bring to light the inequality between the sexes in literature, and how

The True Nature of King Leopold's Congo

3894 words - 16 pages -American named George Washington Williams discovered for himself the true nature of Leopold's Congo. Williams' path to the Congo took a curved route; he was a former soldier who earned a theology graduate's degree from Howard University, was a newspaper writer and founder, as well as a former politician and historian (Hochschild, 102-105). After being introduced to Henry Shelton Sanford during his lobbying campaign in Washington, Williams himself

Similar Essays

Trace The Moral Development Of Pip And Discuss What "Great Expectations" Reveals About The True Nature Of A Gentleman

2836 words - 11 pages Pip, the young orphan boy from the forge was soon to become a young gentleman of great expectations. With a series of unpredictable events, unforeseen emotions, and a great deal of moral development we learn what it took for this young boy to learn how to be what he had always dreamed of becoming- a true gentleman.Never knowing who his parents were or what his true identity was we learn from the start that Pip has an ongoing voyage of self

Juanita Platero's Chee's Daughter: Character's Environment Reveals A Great Deal About Personality

469 words - 2 pages Juanita Platero's "Chee's Daughter": Character's Environment Reveals A Great Deal About Personality A characters environment reveals a great deal about his personality. In Chee's Daughter by Juanita Platero and Siyowin Miller this theory is displayed. In this story a young Navajo Indian girl is taken from her home by her deceased mother's parents. Two different environments which reflect values and personalities are conflicting. A

Analyze The Critique Of The Catholic Church Presented By Machiavelli In "The Prince" And Show How Machiavelli Reveals The True Nature Of The Church And Devises Ways To Counter Them

2033 words - 8 pages , and hypocritical.The two problematic chapters in "The Prince" apparently have a deeper meaning that what is perceived initially. Let me start off with the first problematic chapter, chapter 10. In Chapter 10, Machiavelli exclaims that this chapter held all the secrets on how to measure the strength of every principality. This makes chronological sense at first because he talks about the various principalities from chapter 2 to chapter 9. However

It Is A Final Product On Charles Dickens, Mostly About Great Expectations. Great Paper With Quotes

1123 words - 4 pages friend, illiterate Joe, of whom Pip sinksso low as to be ashamed.This quote describes exactly how Pip has evolved as a result of his social advancement.Pip later experiences guilt for being ashamed of Joe.Pip's mastery of moral conduct becomes evident throughout the continuation ofThe story. Dickens gives an insight to situations that conflict with morals through Pip.Thus he leaves the reader with one important message: Morals dictated by society maynot always be right, rather one must use his/her instincts and trust in what one believes,like Pip. All must realize and contemplate upon their great expectations.