Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Clouded Thoughts

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Clouded Thoughts

In the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens the characters are filled with the characteristics of love, rich against poor, and duty to family. Throughout the whole book characters demonstrate these themes. The characters Pip, Estella, Joe, Mrs. Joe, and Biddy demonstrated love, a huge theme, throughout the book. Rich against poor was a large factor in the book. Duties to family affected many people?s judgment and caused them to not only think about themselves, but about the people they love. Throughout the duration of the novel, people?s judgment was clouded and their emotions took over to cause them to do things that they would not normally do.

Love was one of the main characteristics that caused people?s judgment to become obscured. This was Pip?s first chance to really show his self-control and clear thinking. ?I kissed her cheek as she turned it to me. I think I would have gone through a great deal to kiss her cheek.

But, I felt that the kiss was given to the coarse common boy as a piece of money might have been, and that it was worth nothing.? (page 764) Pip did a horrible job of showing self-control and he showed that he is easily corruptible. As a young boy, Pip was easy for Miss Havisham or Estella to mold into whatever they liked. ?Far into the night, Miss Havisham?s words, ?Love her, love her, love her!? sounded in my ears. I adapted them for my own reputation, and said to my pillow, ?I love her, I love her, I love her!? hundreds of times.? (page 818) Pip?s love for Estella caused Pip to leave his guard down and could easily be persuaded to think how Miss Havisham or Estella want him to. This was Pip?s renewed chance...