Suffering In Charles Dickens Great Expectations

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Charles Dickens, an English writer, has learned how difficult life is at a young age in Victorian England since he had seen his father be put in a debtors prison and he had to work in a boot-blacking factory in order to support his family even when his father was freed. These hardships may have inspired him to analyze concepts such as greed, poverty, and tension between social classes in many of his literary works. In Great Expeditions, Dickens writes about affection, social advancement, and conscience. In the novel, the idea of learning through suffering is conveyed in lessons of compassion, relationships, and moving on. First and foremost, the lessons of how to have compassion portray the idea of learning through suffering in the novel. One…show more content…
After Pip sees how Miss Havisham is dreadfully fond of her, he thinks, “I saw in this, that Estella was set to wreak Miss Havisham’s revenge on men, and that she was not to be given to me until she had gratified it for a term” (382). Miss Havisham was heartbroken when her fiance took her money and ran from her on the day of the wedding. Afterward, she adopts Estella as a young child and brings her up to break the hearts of men. This revenge was her manner of moving on since the man left her. Although Magwitch and Miss Havisham move on from their injustices by influencing other people 's lives, Pip simply forgives. In the last stage of Great Expectations, Pip forgives Miss Havisham for using his heart as practice for Estella and his position to envy her relatives. He had forgiven Miss Havisham in order to have Joe and Biddy forgive him for treating them poorly when he thought he was better because of his change in fortune and position. With all these lessons about moving on, one can see that the novel portrays the notion of learning through suffering. The lessons of compassion, relationships, and moving on convey the idea of
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