The and Pip works as a laborer for Joe

The
aim of this essay is to analyse what 
being a gentleman really meant in the Victorian era. In order to achieve
this I will have as a start point the image of the gentleman in the novel
„Great Expectations”. On the following, I will focus in how a gentleman should
be eduated and what society expects from him.

Pip
is an orphan child wwho is being raised by his sister, Mrs. Gargery and her
husband Joe Gargery, who is a blacksmith. As a child, Pip does try his best in
order to learn what he is being taught at Mr. Wopsle`s evening school where he
learns how to read and write, but he lacks a purpose for doing it. He lived a
simple life and wished to become Joe`s apprentice and that is all that Pip
expected from his life.

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However,
all of it changes when one day, his uncle Pumblechook takes him to Satis House,
where he meets Miss Havisham, a rich and eccentric woman and a young girl
around his age named Estella, whom Pip finds very pretty, but also very
insulting.

Nevertheless,
he realizes overtime that he fell in love with her and wants to become a
gentleman in order to have a chance to be with her, because she belongs to a
higher social sphere than him. The first person to whom he confesses his dream
is Biddy, his first teacher, saying „ I want to become a gentleman”. ( Dickens,
page 119). Sadly for him, Miss Havisham has other plans for Pip and she helps
him become Joe`s apprentice, contrary to his expectations.

Several
years pass by and Pip works as a laborer for Joe and he still studies with
Biddy. One day his life changes when a lawyer names Jaggers tells him that he
earned a fortune, and that he has to come to London, for his secret benefactor
wants his to become a gentleman. Pip assumes that the misterious benefactor is
Miss Havisham who wants to marry him to Estella.

Pip
starts to behave snobbish and cold towards Joe and Biddy, but when he leaves
them he feels remorse. Chapeter nineteen ends with the author`s explanation
that „ this is the end of the first stage of Pip`s expectations” (Dickens, page
149).

In
London, Pip becomes friends with Herbert Pocket, whom he first met as a child
in the Garden of Satis House. Herbert teaches Pip how to be well mannered while
eating, for example not to put the knife in his mouth while eating and how to
hold the spoon and the fork. Pip father deals with Pip`s education and he is
making great progress.

However
Pip gets the wrong idea of how a gentleman should be like: he becomes snobbish,
and is ashamed of his background, because society promotes the wrong idea of
the gentleman. To be from a rich and respectful family and to be well mannered
was enough to be perceived by the society as a gentleman, regardless of how
that person`s behaviour was like. As a result people like Bentley Drummle or
Compeyson were seen as gentlemen, even if the first one is described as „sluggish”
( Dickens, page 186) while the second one is a conman, who conspired with Miss Havisham`s
brother in order to steal her money, and then he jilted her. Moreover, at the
trial, he almost gets away with all of his illegal activities compared to
Magwitch.

In
comparison to them people like Joe Gargery who lives a modest life, but he is
proud of it and of what he is doing, shouold be appreciated. Despite how bad
Pip treated Joe, he still takes care of him and pays his debts so Pip won`t end
up in jail. Also Abel Magwitch, who is a criminal, is impressed by Pip and
decides to become his benefactor and he works hard in Australia, so Pip can
live a welathy life.

Pip`s
expectations as a gentleman were that he will live a wealthy life, will be
respected and his biggest expectation is that he will marry Estella. These
expectations were grouped into two sections, according to the author. Pip`s
expectations changed over time: if in the beginning he was more than happy to
live a simple life; his expectations change when he meets Estella and thus he
wants ro become wealthy, to live a better life, to be better educated, to have
other people around him and to earn respect from everyone. However, this does
not make him happier and when he discovers than his benefactor is actually Abel
Magwitch and not Miss Havosham he realisez that his greatest expectation will
never fulfill and he will never be worthy to marry Estella.

To
sum up everything that I have just said, it is obvious that Pip evolves and in
the end he finally gets the right idea about what it really means to be a
gentleman.

Works
cited

1.     
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations (1861). Penguin Books. 1994. Print

2.     
The Victorian Web – The gentleman; link
accessed on December 19, 2017

           http://www.victorianweb.org/history/gentleman.html

 

 

 

The
aim of this essay is to analyse what 
being a gentleman really meant in the Victorian era. In order to achieve
this I will have as a start point the image of the gentleman in the novel
„Great Expectations”. On the following, I will focus in how a gentleman should
be eduated and what society expects from him.

Pip
is an orphan child wwho is being raised by his sister, Mrs. Gargery and her
husband Joe Gargery, who is a blacksmith. As a child, Pip does try his best in
order to learn what he is being taught at Mr. Wopsle`s evening school where he
learns how to read and write, but he lacks a purpose for doing it. He lived a
simple life and wished to become Joe`s apprentice and that is all that Pip
expected from his life.

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However,
all of it changes when one day, his uncle Pumblechook takes him to Satis House,
where he meets Miss Havisham, a rich and eccentric woman and a young girl
around his age named Estella, whom Pip finds very pretty, but also very
insulting.

Nevertheless,
he realizes overtime that he fell in love with her and wants to become a
gentleman in order to have a chance to be with her, because she belongs to a
higher social sphere than him. The first person to whom he confesses his dream
is Biddy, his first teacher, saying „ I want to become a gentleman”. ( Dickens,
page 119). Sadly for him, Miss Havisham has other plans for Pip and she helps
him become Joe`s apprentice, contrary to his expectations.

Several
years pass by and Pip works as a laborer for Joe and he still studies with
Biddy. One day his life changes when a lawyer names Jaggers tells him that he
earned a fortune, and that he has to come to London, for his secret benefactor
wants his to become a gentleman. Pip assumes that the misterious benefactor is
Miss Havisham who wants to marry him to Estella.

Pip
starts to behave snobbish and cold towards Joe and Biddy, but when he leaves
them he feels remorse. Chapeter nineteen ends with the author`s explanation
that „ this is the end of the first stage of Pip`s expectations” (Dickens, page
149).

In
London, Pip becomes friends with Herbert Pocket, whom he first met as a child
in the Garden of Satis House. Herbert teaches Pip how to be well mannered while
eating, for example not to put the knife in his mouth while eating and how to
hold the spoon and the fork. Pip father deals with Pip`s education and he is
making great progress.

However
Pip gets the wrong idea of how a gentleman should be like: he becomes snobbish,
and is ashamed of his background, because society promotes the wrong idea of
the gentleman. To be from a rich and respectful family and to be well mannered
was enough to be perceived by the society as a gentleman, regardless of how
that person`s behaviour was like. As a result people like Bentley Drummle or
Compeyson were seen as gentlemen, even if the first one is described as „sluggish”
( Dickens, page 186) while the second one is a conman, who conspired with Miss Havisham`s
brother in order to steal her money, and then he jilted her. Moreover, at the
trial, he almost gets away with all of his illegal activities compared to
Magwitch.

In
comparison to them people like Joe Gargery who lives a modest life, but he is
proud of it and of what he is doing, shouold be appreciated. Despite how bad
Pip treated Joe, he still takes care of him and pays his debts so Pip won`t end
up in jail. Also Abel Magwitch, who is a criminal, is impressed by Pip and
decides to become his benefactor and he works hard in Australia, so Pip can
live a welathy life.

Pip`s
expectations as a gentleman were that he will live a wealthy life, will be
respected and his biggest expectation is that he will marry Estella. These
expectations were grouped into two sections, according to the author. Pip`s
expectations changed over time: if in the beginning he was more than happy to
live a simple life; his expectations change when he meets Estella and thus he
wants ro become wealthy, to live a better life, to be better educated, to have
other people around him and to earn respect from everyone. However, this does
not make him happier and when he discovers than his benefactor is actually Abel
Magwitch and not Miss Havosham he realisez that his greatest expectation will
never fulfill and he will never be worthy to marry Estella.

To
sum up everything that I have just said, it is obvious that Pip evolves and in
the end he finally gets the right idea about what it really means to be a
gentleman.

Works
cited

1.     
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations (1861). Penguin Books. 1994. Print

2.     
The Victorian Web – The gentleman; link
accessed on December 19, 2017

           http://www.victorianweb.org/history/gentleman.html

 

 

 

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