Great Expectations

Are class differences a part of Great Expectations's plot?

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04/23/2009

Dickens tries to illustrate Pip's struggle to leave the working class, to which the Gargery's belonged, and the class of "gentlemen" to which Pip aspired. When he began the process it rather went to his head. He became pompous and condescending, all the while congratulating himself on not being pompous and condescending. Through his experiences with Magwitch, Herbert, Joe and Jaggers, he finally came to his senses and began to understand that he never could completely leave his origins behind and that, moreover, he didn't really want to. He learned compassion and sensitivity and sacrificing for others.