Great Expectations By: Katie Fitzgerald

Passages

"We Britons had at that time particularly settled that it was treasonable to doubt our having and our being the best of everything: otherwise, while I was scared of the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty." (Chapter 20, pg 126, paragraph 2). This shows how his life is going towards the beginning because he has small regrets about coming to London rather then staying back home. It also shows how Pip is starting to appreciate his old home rather then London. He states "It is dirty". So he is starting to miss home due to the cleanliness.

""That's what I told you not to do", said Mr. Jaggers. "You thought! I think for you; that's enough for you. If I want you, I know where to find you; I don't want you to find me. Now I won't have it. I won't hear a word"" (Chapter 20, pg 129, paragraph 7). With Mr. Jaggers telling him this, it teaches Pip that he needs to gain independence throughout his life and not depend on others constantly. This also showed Pip that if certain people want to be around you, then they will come to you, not reversed. My thoughts are that if Estella wanted to be with him then she would come to Pip. But Pip is always the one going back to Estella, making her seem vulnerable.

"So in my case; all the work, near and afar, that tended to the end, had been accomplished; and in an instant the blow was struck, and the roof of my stronghold dropped upon me" (Chapter 38, pg 245, paragraph 2). Pip is very upset about the downfall that happened with Estella. Right as he though everything was going good, it ended up blowing up in his face. He reads us this message, because it shows us how he felt about the situation. And to him it felt that the roof had just sunk in on him.

The end of section two

In the end of section 2 Pip is starting to feel even less important to Estella. He finds that Estella is very cruel to Ms. Havisham as Ms. Havisham is to all men. Estella told Pip that he was "just a suitor" and Pip took that a different way then Estella would. So now Pip is feeling more or less used rather than being Estella's friend.

Motifs

  • The different social classes, Example-- Throughout the story it gives detailed descriptions that keep popping into your mind about how the rich, and the poor dressed in this era.
  • Innocence, Example-- Young Pip was so innocent as a child, but soon enough he became daring, due to a convict he met for a short amount of time.
  • Crime, Example-- In the story you meet close to the beginning a convict, and as you continue you are introduced to so many unjust criminal actions, that no reader would expect in the norm.

Theme

  • In my opinion I believe the theme is Pip trying to self-improve himself throughout the story. All people are able to create a "better image" of themselves if they have the ambition and patience to do so. Example-- Pip throughout the story wants to become a gentleman, so he simply acts better than others. This was evaluating him to continue to train like a "gentleman".

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