Homework Help

Can anyone give me a conclusion to a question "to explore the themes of...

user profile pic

carmatt | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2007 at 2:39 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Can anyone give me a conclusion to a question "to explore the themes of expectations in the novel" in Great Expectations?

can anyone please give me a conclusion to a question for "to explore the themes of expectations in the novle" with characters pip, Miss Havisham, Estella and Magwitch. please please please anything will do (really anything will do !!!)

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 6, 2007 at 7:25 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

The theme of alienation and loneliness is seen in several characters. Mrs. Joe, Pip's sister, Pip himself, Estella, and Magwitch are all orphans. Pip's only friend on the marshes is Joe Gargery, and even when he goes to London, he has few real friends. Magwitch's life on the streets as a child was a nightmare for him the it's most of the reason why he turned to a life of crime. Pip's sister has no female friends, and her husband, Joe, is the only male she spends time with. She's antisocial, having very little to do with others and copes with her loneliness by being rude and violent to those around her, mainly Pip and Joe.

Pip also spends the time trying to find his own identity. He has his "great expectations", but he learns by the end, that these weren't the values he respected anymore. He learns to value his family and friends.

There are victims and those who victimize others in the book. Estella is a victim of Miss Havisham first, being taught not to love or trust anyone. Later, Estella turns the tables and victimizes Miss Havisham as well as Pip.

Another theme is social class, from the poorest to the richest. Pip wants to join the upper class and become a gentleman, but he learns that social status has nothing to do with being a good person. The criminal (Magwitch), the poor of the marshes (Joe), the middle class (Pumblechook), and the upper class (Miss Havisham) show how divided British society is.

For more details, go to the link below.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes