An expectation, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a feeling or belief as to(4) how successful, or good something or someone will be or turn out. A person is given their first expectation when they are born(5), and as they grow up,(6) they gain more expectations, each gretter and harder to achieve.(8)Expectations are a disease that can not be cured but can ruin one’s life. Charles Dickens develops this theme in his novel Great Expectations.(9) The characterPhilip Pirrip, or Pip, allows himself to lose(11) his inner identity of simplicity, as he achieves(13) expectations set by his sister, the one he loves, and many others(10)(12).
Throughout the novel,(14) Pip portrays, and brings to realization the theme that loyalty, love, and the right and wrong of the conscience are more important than social advancements(15)(16). Pip was brought up by the harsh hand of his sister, or Mrs. Joe, due to the death of both parents and four other siblings(17)(18)(19)(20). She is “capricious and violent, and unjust,” towards Pip(Pg.
95)(26).His sister is married to a blacksmith, Joe, who although cares greatly for Pip, makes little money, and thus their family lives by the means they can. Mrs.
Joe feels obligated to better Pip’s life by means that at times seemed beyond reasonable.She is “capricious and violent, and unjust,” towards Pip. Pip is given the opportunity to become friends with(21)(22) a wealthy woman ,Miss Havisham(23).
She is of a higher class than of Pip (24) and without the love of a husband. Miss Havisham devotes her love to her young daughter Estella. Pip is invited to their house, and in time begins to fall in love with the young, beautiful,yet heartless Estella, who was indeed groomed for (25) revenge upon men. Although he loved her, she had no means of reciprocating that feeling. Pip believed that this meant that he would have to become a better version of himself, one that was rich in smarts, money, and in .