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by Charles Dickens

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What are some examples of expectation vs reality in Great Expectations?

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Pip expected to marry Estella, but it turned out that his money did not come from Miss Havisham.

Pip is convinced that his fortune came from Miss Havisham.  It makes sense, since she is the only rich person he knows.  He thinks that he was given the money so that he can become a gentleman and marry Estella.  Boy is he wrong.

When Pip realizes that Magwitch, and not Miss Havisham, is his benefactor, he is horrified.  First of all, he is the adopted son of a criminal.  This is not something that advances him in society at all.  Also, he is guilty by association.  The worst part, however, is that he doesn’t get to marry Estella.

Miss Havisham's intentions towards me, all a mere dream; Estella not designed for me; I only suffered in Satis House as a convenience, a sting for the greedy relations, a model with a mechanical heart to practise on when no other practice...

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