Great Expectations shows that a person can hide who they are but one way or another they are the same person inside. Throughout Great Expectations Pip meets new people and is unsure how to adapt to his surroundings. He is insecure so he wants to change to fit in. He realizes that change is only a disguise of who he really is.
When Pip was a young man, he always wanted to be someone else. Pip met new people and would change his appearance to meet the person’s expectations. He met a girl named Estella who was part of a higher class than Pip. Estella was the girl of Pip’s dreams. Because Pip was of a lower class, he wanted to become smart and rich so he could be with Estella so he decided to learn to read and write. Estella criticized Pip for not being able to do some of the things she could do such as playing cards. This frustrated Pip. He wanted to be everything to Estella, so he learned how to play cards.
Pip began to get closer and closer to Estella and further from himself. Pip started to receive money from an unknown benefactor. As Pip received money, he moved to London and didn’t look back on Estella and his family. His brother-in-law, Joe, came to visit Pip. “Let me confess exactly with what feelings I look forward to Joe’s coming. Not with pleasure, though I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity. If I could have kept him away by paying him money, I certainly would have paid money” (217).
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Things didn’t work out anymore between Pip and Joe. Pip grew apart from him. Money made Pip into an evil person. Because of Pip’s entrance into a higher social class, he felt that if he were to continue to communicate with Joe, then people would think of him as a lower class boy, which he was inside.
Pip believed that if he weren’t in a higher class Estella wouldn’t love him. He thought that Estella didn’t want just any other boy. Pip didn’t want to relate with any of his old friends. It seemed as though he wanted to change his friends to be like his new self. “When I got up to my little room and said my prayers, I did not forget Joe’s recommendation, and yet my young mind was in that disturbed and unthankful state that I thought long after I laid me down, how common Estella would consider Joe, a mere blacksmith” (70).
Although Pip changed his whole life for Estella, things didn’t end up as happy as he thought it should. In the end Pip finds that Estella didn’t share his feelings and they became friends. “I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her” (489).
When Pip separated from Estella, he realized that he loved her more than anything, though Estella has not shown him a sign of her love for him. Miss Havisham turned Estella into a girl who could not love. This put Pip is in a dead end. Pip wasn’t able to tell Estella he loved her. He found out about Ms. Havisham had changed Estella and was sorry he didn’t say anything sooner.
In everyday life people change phases. One day someone prefers wear bellbottoms, the next day they prefer baggy jeans. While a person may not like those jeans, everyone else does so that person would change a little part of him/her. All these things cover up who a person really is. This shows that know matter how much money you have or what style of clothing is cool, it doesn’t change who the person really is in the inside. Although finding who one really is might take time it shows.
My whole life has been presented to a single element called change. Change occurs in many different forms and is carried out in many different ways. However, just recently, I have come to the realization that change can be the deepest of all subjects. I always assumed that change occurred when you moved to a new town or when you lose someone close to you. Those are elements to change, yes, but ...