Great Expectations

Great Expectations In Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, he portrays characters from both the working and leisure classes and the different life styles they live. Joe is a man that is born into the working class. Unlike Estella, his life is not filled with spare time, and Joe doesn’t eat the best food that is offered. Estella is not the daughter of Miss Having because she is adopted at a young age. Dickens makes witty remarks about each class. Coming from a working class, Dickens understands the struggles and hard times of a man like Joe.

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Estella is rude and ignorant towards others, while Joe spends most of his time working and Dickens makes it obvious that he is more sympathetic towards the working class. Joey’s represents the working class with a positive attitude and proves he does not need to be of a higher class to be a gentleman. As the town’s blacksmith, he is extremely busy with all the orders that need to be filled. Joe does not get the time or money to go to school, so he is not well educated. Dickens shows us Joey’s poor English when he asks “Pip, How air you, Pip? ” (Dickens 200).

The forge, where Joe works and votes all his time, is located right by his house so he is forced to take any orders that come in unless he is not present. On Christmas Eve, when the soldiers come knowing at his door demanding, Mimi see blacksmith… I find the lock of one of ‘me goes wrong, and the coupling don’t act pretty. As they are wanted for immediate service” (27). Joe has no problem with fixing the handcuffs, especially for a sergeant, but Joe is the kind of man that would give a hand to anyone in need. Especially Pip, who doesn’t treat Joe with the same kindness.

Even though Joe is not a part of a Geiger class, he acts like much more of a gentleman than Pip does. In the end of Great Expectations, Pip becomes ill while still in London and Joe comes to care for him. Joe knows that Pip has been rude towards him, but he is able to look over that. Joey’s wife, Mrs…. Joe is a stern harsh woman, but he is able to her beauty and softness inside of her. When she is on her deathbed, Joe stays by her to make sure the woman he loves is comfortable. Mrs…. Joe had beaten him when she was on what Joe called “she ram-paged out”(6), yet he still showed compassion towards her.

Joey’s patience ND forgiving personality pays off for him in the end of the novel. Estella is a fortunate girl that acts superior to all other classes and is miserable. She is not born into the leisure class like Miss Having is but is brought into it as an adolescent. Going to school allows Estella to become educated unlike most people in society. She knows how to be a proper young woman, which causes her beauty to increase even more. Estella superior views towards are show when she observes, London, she still does not fall for the false gentleman that he thinks he has become.

Miss Having raises her to believe” the male race but Estella is an independent person and should make her own decisions. She finally changes herself once the viscous force of Miss Having is gone. Her cold, evil ways make Pip even more attracted to her. Knowing of the love he has for her, Estella still makes certain Pip is aware she is trying to hurt him. He finally realizes that he will never be with Estella and moves on to accomplish better goals in his life. Dickens has much more sympathy for the working class over the leisure class. Miss Having was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and by the end the author ills her off.

If Dickens contained some pity for the old woman, maybe he wouldn’t have given Miss Having such a hard life and a painful death. As for Joey’s positive attitude and ability to care for unruly people is another factor in the sympathy given to him. By the end of the novel Joey’s kindness pays off because he ends up marrying Biddy, an intelligent and caring woman. If Dickens did not have such pity for Joe then he wouldn’t have given him a happy ending in contrast to Estella. In both of the endings written, we do not know if she ends up with Pip later or anyone else.

She is lone and realizes all her mistakes but Dickens doesn’t have any sympathy for her. As a reader, I consider the life that Estella with Miss Having as a mother and being forced into hating men. Even though she broke Pip’s heart, he notices, “The freshness in her beauty was indeed gone”(441). Estella hatred caused her to lose her beauty but realize, “… When suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be”(443). When Estella admits this it caused me to have pity for her.

Before the last chapter, any other sympathy that I ad was towards Joe. Pip’s Journey in Great Expectations reveals Dickens’ attitude for both classes. He explains the way the leisure class acts and spends their free time. The working class is filled with determined people that enjoy their life. The most significant difference is the happiness that is missing from the attitudes of the higher class and that happiness is found in the lower class. Estella is a bitter unhappy person who doesn’t have to work for anything, while Joe works extremely hard to have a happy life and is rewarded for doing so.

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