The Themes Of Symbols In Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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Symbols are physical objects that manifest deeper concepts through attributes of that object. In culture, symbols are heavily used for religious or commercial purposes. Specifically, the entire United States economy relies on the promise of the dollar, a piece of paper, that symbolises monetary worth throughout the nation. Symbols are powerful tools that many authors use to demonstrate connections between foil characters and events that shape protagonists. In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, symbols are used to portray leaders and important events that guide Pip, a simple boy from the marshes who becomes so much more. Dickens uses symbols to portray characters who bend, shape, and guide Pip through his journey to becoming a gentleman. To open up the novel, pathetic fallacies of the weather and nature fill the reader with the uncertainty Pip feels while he makes his way to a convict in the marshes. After stealing victuals and a file from home, Pip hurries to meet the man with fetters around his ankles. Through this first act of corruption, Pip has begun his downward spiral towards future transgressions. Pip allows for this shift in his morals when he accepts the convicts terms but still feels intense guilt for his actions. As he hurries in the direction of his destination, Pip realizes that his feet are cold and he cannot warm them, “to which the damp cold seemed riveted, as the iron was riveted to the leg of the man [he] was running to meet” (Dickens 17). Dickens

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