HUMN 3093 5

HUMN 3093 5 - HUMN 3093 Response 5 Great Expectations...

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February 26, 2008 HUMN 3093 Response 5 Great Expectations : Social Sin Dickens’ Great Expectations is a tale about class struggle, in which the desire for wealth and status ultimately leads to deadly social sin. As a child, Pip resents being manipulated by the adults in his life and decides to become rich and powerful so that he, too, can treat people as “things.” For Dickens a preoccupation with money and material possessions distorts one’s natural virtue and creates havoc. Throughout the course of the book, Pip is changed from an innocent young boy to an arrogant gentleman. However, Pip is not the only character who is affected by a craving for wealth: Mrs. Joe can’t see past Joe’s humble trade to recognize natural goodness in him, Pumblechook ignores Pip until he has money and Miss Havisham enjoys keeping her fortune from greedy relatives. Pip was apathetic to those things, which were readily attainable, and instead focused on the things, which were beyond his reach. Pip demonstrates this by striving for
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