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Having read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens several questions proposed themselves to me one of them being What can be considered the concept of a gentleman according to Dickens What first came to mind was to compare it to the gentleman concept in Pride and Prejudice where we clearly have a true gentleman without doubt - Mr Darcy In Great Expectations however it was not that clear at all What I was aware of at that time was that throughout the novel the word gentleman was mentioned frequently and that several characters including Pip of course were anxious to be recognized as one The information that I lacked however was what was needed to turn a man into a gentleman In search for this information I first returned to my original source - the book itself On one occasion Magwitch says to Pip They shall be yourn dear boy if money can buyem Not that a gentleman like you so well setup as you cant winem off of his own game but money shall back you Page 295 Great Expectations From this I concluded that it was money nevertheless I wasnt satisfied with the answer that money was the only thing that set them apart Hence I decided to look for some answers on the internet Having opened a number of links I finally found the information I was looking for I came across two links - Gentleman and Newmans definition of a gentleman What comforted me quite a bit was a sentence from the introduction which stated that the Victorians themselves were not certain what a gentleman was nor what his characteristics were Then it wasnt surprising that I could not provide the answer I thought Next I found information on Victorian gentlemen who were either gentlemen by birth or by virtue of their occupations An additional paragraph however stated that social class was not enough there was a moral component
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