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There are many common familiar clich about illusion versus truth All that glitters is not gold and Things are seldom what they seem are the most universal hackneyed phrases but they do not cover entirely every aspect of appearance versus reality In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations there are several differences between the illusion and the truth The appearance of certain things is often detrimental to the outcomes of characters when the reality of a situation is revealed These illusions are revealed through Pip a lower class boy caught in the struggle of the social classes of 19th century England Throughout the book Charles Dickens emphasizes the difference between appearance and reality through Pips expectations of something better social status and settings in the book The most important illusion Great Expectations is Pips confident expectations of a better life Pip began the book out poor and was sent for to spend time every week with an upper-middle-class crazy woman and her heartless adopted daughter Estella From the moment he met Estella he was in love with her Later on in the book he was provided with financial support from an un-named benefactor that should be used to go to London and become a gentleman Pip assumed that Ms Havisham Estellas adoptive mother was the benefactress My dream was out my wild fancy was surpassed by sober reality Miss Havisham was going to make my fortune on a grand scale This was the reality that Pip had invented for himself although it was really just a misimpression that his mind had created for himself Because he thought that Ms Havisham was his benefactress Pip anticipated that Estella was meant for him I was painting brilliant pictures of her plans for me She had adopted Estella and had as good as adopted me and it could not fail to be her intention to bring us together She reserved it for me to restore the desolate house admit
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