Another aspect of beauty is the tremendous influence it has in the lives of the public. Contemporary American society worships beauty, for beauty is equated with goodness, youth, vitality, superiority. Charles Dickens writes of the tremendous role in life that beauty plays. For instance, in his Great Expectations, Pip is dazzled by Estella, and he worships her in his youth as she is the "star" that he strives to attain throughout his life. The gentleman convict, Compeyson, receives a lighter sentence because he appears more handsome and civilized.