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Personal Growth in Great Expectations

Personal Growth in Great Expectations

The coming of age novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens showed how a young simple boy grew into a gentleman, and slowly discovered that no matter what happened in his life it couldn’t change who he was on the inside. His attitude and personality fluctuated throughout the three main stages of his life.

The first line of the book showed Pip’s simplicity of thought by the way he described his nickname: “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.” (Pg.3)

His personality continued in the same manner until he met the stunning Estella and disturbed Miss Havisham. That was the point when his ignorance turned into envy, for all that his life was lacking living with his sister and Joe. He realized how much his family was different from that of the rich and wanted nothing more than to be accepted as a gentleman. The night he came home from Estella’s he couldn’t help but think of how common Estella would think his family was:

“Estella would consider Joe, a mere blacksmith: how think his boots, and how coarse his hands. I thought how Joe and my sister were there sitting In the kitchen and I had come up to bed from the kitchen, and how Miss Havisham and Estella never sat in a kitchen, but were far above the level of such common doings.” (Pg.89)

After thinking of what the higher class would think of his family his own opinion of the Gargery’s also shifted. He began to treat them with disrespect and acted as though he were better than them, even Joe, the one who had been his closest friend.

When Jaggers announced that there was an unknown person who wanted to send Pip to London to become a gentleman, Pip was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn’t believe his dream had come true. He felt that this gave him the opportunity to become the man of Estella’s dreams, which was all he could think about.

Pip lived the high life in London; he hired a servant and spends more money than he was supposed to.

Comparing Betrayal in Julius Caesar and Animal Farm

Betrayal in Julius Caesar and Animal Farm

No one ever said life was going to be easy. Throughout one’s life, one is pressurize into making a decisions he or she does not want to make. Sometimes the decisions made are base on how the person feels. One would make their decision by being loyal to the person. Or one may choose a betrayal decision. These difficult decisions were made within the two novels, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Animal Farm by George Orwell. A person’s decision, whatever it may be, could affect anyone or everyone that revolves around the decision maker.

Conflicts, greed, arguments, crime, are only some examples how things would start to betray each other. When things become chaos, things become hard to control. First, On Animal Farm the pigs slowly were taking over the farm. Little without the animals knowing, they thought everything was going as plan. “No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” Chapter 10, pg. 118. In the end, the pigs betray their ten commandments, their own comrades, and their very own words. Second, with in the story of Julius Caesar, if Brutus did not kill Caesar, Antony would not had to have put the people of Rome against Brutus and the conspirators. The pigs are to some extent like Brutus. On Animal Farm, the pigs were well respected by the animals on Animal Farm. As for Brutus, he is well respected by his friend and the people of Rome. Brutus also betrays himself. “But I do find it cowardly and vile, for fear of what might fall, so to prevent The time of life), arming myself with patience to stay the providence of some high powers that govern us below”, Act 5 sc. 1 lines 113 – 117. Brutus was saying this after Cato kills himself. Unfortunately, at the end, Brutus kills him self, in a fear that he lost everything.

Loyalty between two things can help them gain a trust. However if one decides to abuse that trust, then the loyalty between the two things is broken.

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