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There were several themes associated with the novel Great Expectations One of the most fascinating themes dealt with infatuation and how it compares to and relates to love Infatuation Infatuation is basically an obsession or extravagant affection towards a person Webster 667 There is really no definite reason behind their passion therefore this feeling is often short in duration and indicative of faulty judgement Webster 667 The person doesnt know what these feelings mean this is normally why they mistake it for love Love on the other hand is an intense affectionate concern for another person Webster 772 It is a more selfless and settled feeling You can compare the difference between love and infatuation with the cliche All that glitters is not gold the glitter illusion being infatuation and the gold being love the real thing As a person grows and experiences their feelings with many other people the distinction between love and infatuation becomes more clear This is because the person can compare feelings they have experienced in the past with their present feelings In Great Expectations we see how Pips infatuation for Estella is short in duration Webster 667 as most infatuations are Despite the fact that Estella is arrogant and rude Pip is not only infatuated with her beauty and wealth but also almost envies it In fact the humiliation Estella puts Pip through causes Pip to feel very lowly of himself and the way he has been brought up This causes Pips expectations to change from expecting to be Joes blacksmith apprentice to studying to become a gentlemen noticed and admired by Estella As years pass Estella continues to play with Pips heart and Pip continues to unconditionally have feelings for her Later Estella marries a man named Bently Drummle only causing Pip to yet again confess his love to Estella Estella tells Pip I know what you mean as form of words but nothing more Dickens 892 This basically
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