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Great Expectations Wealth as an Agent of Isolation In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations Dickens conveys the idea that wealth leads to isolation The novel begins when Pip a young orphan encounters an escaped convict in a cemetery Despite Pips efforts to help this terrifying personage the convict is still captured and transported to Australia Pip is then introduced into the wealthy yet decaying home of Miss Havisham where he meets Estella a little girl who takes pleasure in tormenting Pip about his rough hands and future as a blacksmith As Pip continues to visit Miss Havishams house he becomes more and more dissatisfied with his guardian Joe a hard working blacksmith and his childhood friend Biddy Several years later when Pip becomes the heir of an unknown benefactor and the recipient of great expectations he leaves everything behind to go to London and become a gentleman Pip spends many years in search of his benefactors identity and is late r disappointed to find his benefactor to be the same convict whom Pip had helped in the marshes many years ago Pip also discovers that having expectations is not what he thought it would be and only through the loss of his unlikely fortune does he regain the love and innocence that he once possessed in his childhood years at the forge Charles Dickens explores the idea that wealth is the agent of isolation through the novels characterization through its setting and through its underlying themes The characterization in Great Expectations suggests that money causes people unconsciously to isolate themselves from the rest of the world Pip upon spending time with Miss Havisham and Estella becomes discontented with his apprenticeship and coarse upbringing at the forge and wishes that Joe had been rather more genteelly brought up and then I should have been so too Dickens 74 Pip becomes ungrateful to those who brought him up by hand and longs desperately for the magnificent
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