Great Expectations

Kennedy Johnson

Great Expectations

During the Victorian era, Dickens wrote this story in 1860 even though it was set in the 1800s (Dickens, 1861). This Victorian era started stretched from 1837 to 1901 - from the coronation of Queen Victoria to her demise. The core emphasis of this story has been on the virtues that were quite eminent at that time including respectability, integrity, maintaining a family and sense of public duty. The period in which Dickens wrote this novel can be regarded as the changing time. This is because England was becoming a powerful force and was expanding worldwide. The economy was also in a varying state to a trade-based and industrial. However, these ...

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In this paper, I argue that Dickens' novel Great Expectations is brimming with the discourse of 1860s London. I will expound the character of Pip in terms of his creation, interchangeability and consumerism, and that how great deal of the discourse of 1860s London can be learnt from this one character.
As a consumer of the fruits of Industrial Revolution, Pip gives a deep insight and reflection of what a typical consumer was in those days. Therefore, the effects of industrialization and consumerism in Britain have a true reflection with the actions of Pip. This is because the abandonment of Pip of his own family and agency has implications that, by the industrial revolution, in few ways reflect the common societal shifts. As mass consumerism came due to mass production, it also gave rise to the escalated rates of objectification of individuals as consumers as well as exploitation of environment and people (Hagan, 1954). Both British society and Pip do not succeed in ...

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is deceptive because it conceals the real consequences and cost of these cheaply and easily available products. This scenario is also true for both the British society and Pip after acceptance of sponsorship. This is because with disposable income, wealthy British citizens were allured by the widely and new available products. On the other hand, people who were involved in the process of production of those products were allured by the amount of money they made by exploiting both environment and people with no contemplation on the consequences. In other words, Pip was allured by the wealth because he started off as an often-abused and poor boy, whose destiny was in the profession of ...

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