The Importance Of Duality In Great Expectations

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The way we present ourselves to our peers is often dependent on the company we are in. When around people we are familiar with our behavior will be more relaxed, showing that that is a comfortable environment for us. The actions of someone in a stressful situation are more forced, and usually, result in the person looking like they don 't know how to act. Though people have different layers of personality, their true colors will find a way to shine through the cracks in the mask they try to put on. We may try our hardest to conceal how we feel about the world around us, attempting to stay neutral, in an effort not to offend anyone around us. Though there are a few characters in Great Expectations that show this idea of duality, and how our private selves can differ from our public selves this essay will be focusing on Wemmick, and how he changes from his office self to his home-self. Different people have different ideas about how one should act when at work opposed to at home. When Dickens first introduces Wemmick, he is presented as a to-the-point person. Whenever Pip asks him a question, Wemmick responds with short, simple answers, and seems to be trying to convey as little information as he can. When asked if he knows where Matthew Pocket lives, Wemmick responds very plainly with, "Yes…At Hammersmith, west of London" (172). There is almost no warmth in that statement, it is merely factual in nature. Wemmick does not want to disclose any unnecessary
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