The book written by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, is in the second phase of the story. Pip travels to London to become a gentleman. The London experience begins to unroll and during these days, He meets Herbert again.
"The pale young gentleman and I stood contemplating one another in Barnard’s Inn, until we both burst out laughing. ‘The idea of its being you!’ said he. ‘The idea of its being you!’ said I. And then we contemplated one another afresh, and laughed again. ‘Well!’ said the pale young gentleman, reaching out his hand good humouredly, ‘it’s all over now, I hope, and it will be magnanimous if you if you’ll forgive me for having knocked you about so."(136)
Living in London. Pip begins to enjoy the lifestyle and enjoys learning to become a gentleman. The vocabulary used throughout these chapters gradually begins to become more complex. This gives a sign to the reader that Pip is becoming a gentle man and is making progress in his studies.
"This was a hard thing to bear, but this was nothing. I had not advanced another two hundred yards, when, to my inexpressible terror, amazement, and indignation, I again beheld Trabb’s boy approaching. He was coming round a narrow corner. His blue bag was slung over his shoulder, honest industry beamed in his eyes, a determination to proceed to Trabb’s with cheerful briskness was indicated in his gait. With a shock he became aware of me, and was severely visited as before; but this time his motion was rotatory, and he staggered round and round me with knees more afflicted, and with up lifted hands as if beseeching for mercy" (192)
Pip's love for Estella does not fade away one bit. Pip believes that Ms.Havisham Is going to make Estella marry him but Later finds out otherwise. But during this section of the story, he feels blessed and believing that he is set up with her for life and does not try to hurry into it. Pip is later confronted by the truth but during chapter 38 he delivers his thoughts on Estella.
"The privilege of calling her by her name and hearing her call me by mine, became under the circumstances an aggravation of my trials; and while I think it likely that it almost maddened her other lovers, I know too certainly that it almost maddened me. She had admirers without end. No doubt my jealousy made an admirer of every one who went near her; but there were more than enough of them without that." (235)
At the end of the second scene of Great Expectations, Pip is later confronted by the convict which notifies him of the actual story of why he is where he is. He is told that Ms.Havisham only happened and was only such a coincidence. Pip is also told this convict payed for all of his life to be formed and constructed the way it played out. The convict is a wealthy man and tells Pip this after he returns the two pound note he was given during the early stages.
"‘Yes, Pip, dear boy, I’ve made a gentleman on you! It’s me wot has done it! I swore that time, sure as ever I earned a guinea, that guinea should go to you. I swore arterwards, sure as ever I spec’lated and got rich, you should get rich. I lived rough, that you should live smooth; I worked hard, that you should be above work. What odds, dear boy? Do I tell it, fur you to feel a obligation? Not a bit. I tell it, fur you to know as that there hunted dunghill dog wot you kep life in, got his head so high that he could make a gentleman - and, Pip, you’re him!’" (250)
At the end of this sequence, Pip is 23 years of age. He discovers his beliefs about what was to happen and how he made it to his point in life are false and that the last person he would believe would have something to do about it, was him, the convict. The convict made Pip a gentleman.
Motifs present in Great Expectations
Hope, hope because during the whole section he has hope that he can go on. He always maintains the faith with Estella, not rushing his marriage that may not come unknowingly. Estella is his hope he lives for and everyone needs some hope and faith to keep moving on and keep motivation.
Individualism: Each character has their own characterization and later grows based on their principals. Estella maintaining the personality that Ms. Havisham has developed in her. Herbert maintains his gentle man up to this point in the story. He always knowingly understands his standards such as when he fought Pip and understanding his loss at the finally.
Flourishing: Every character thought the story grows and makes their own decisions with maybe others in mind but still mainly by themselves. Every character has their own personality and grows in knowledge as the pages go by.
Theme: Opportunities are taken with fully knowing the outcomes they may lead to.
Ms.Havisham Wedding cake and Pip's unlost love for Estella
Pip's gentleman-ness gained through his time spent in london