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In considering the Gargerys of Great Expectations, do you think you would enjoy living...

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meowmoewkittycat | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 17, 2011 at 12:59 AM via web

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In considering the Gargerys of Great Expectations, do you think you would enjoy living in that household?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 17, 2011 at 1:42 AM (Answer #1)

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This depends on the type of person one is. If one is willing to obey despite the moral inequity in a home, then this should be a fine home to live in. However, if one wants to maintain their own personality and identity, this would be a difficult home.

The drawbacks for living at the Gargery home would be seemingly endless. Mrs. Joe wants to control all of the food consumption to the point that when anything appears missing, both Joe and Pip are accused and questioned. Mrs. Joe raises Pip "by hand" meaning she beats him. That would not be inviting. Mrs. Joe insists that her life is entirely difficult and that everyone around her should appreciate all she does (when she doesn't really do much). The home is in the middle of nowhere in a small village. The highest aspiration one could achieve there is the esteemed position of a blacksmith. It would be tough to make many friends if there aren't any people around.

The advantage to living at the Gargerys would be Mr. Joe Gargery. He is always kind and seeks honest living. He works hard and values other people.

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