The Theme Of Social Class In Great Expectations

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“The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force” (Einstein). This is a famous quote said by none other than Albert Einstein. While his views on social class may be more optimistic and preferred by the public, this is not how the world and its ideas have been shaped today and throughout the past. There are always been people that are seen as better or higher than you, all because of the ideas that money and popularity equal how successful you are, therefore declaring the class in which you belong. What would the world be like if there wasn’t ever any social classes and everyone was equal? Would there still be fame and celebrities today? Or would everything fade away and you would be looked at as an equal to Jennifer Lawrence for an example? Author Charles Dickens grew up being surrounded by these ideas just like you and I. Only he wrote a book about called Great Expectations where much of the events and characters are affected by social class and climbing the long ladder to the top. In the novel Great Expectations the theme of social class is best shown through characters Estella, Pip, and Joe. In the very beginning of the novel the theme of social class was just being introduced, and only shown by…show more content…
Social class has been one constant that humans have never been able to get rid of, as it becomes easier to define success and allow certain people to rise above others. Social class is how we have celebrities, monarchs, presidents, heroes, the rich, and many other defining people. Great Expectations accurately depicts the possible effects that social class can have on society and also in people on more personal levels. Though there are many characters in the novel were social class and wealth played a huge part, there were none more important than Pip, Estella, and oppositely
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