Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Moral Influence in Great Expectations Essay
Show the Moral Influence on Pip in Charles DickensÃ¢â¬â¢ Great Expectations Symbolism as it is used in literature aims to project the internal aspects of an individualÃ¢â¬â¢s character through the external aspects in reality. Charles Dickens, in his novel, Great Expectations uses symbolism in order to reflect other individualsÃ¢â¬â¢ moral influence on Pip. Consider for example the following instances. In the novelÃ¢â¬â¢s initial chapter, one is presented with the character of Pip who is described as an orphan with a vivid imagination. As he recounts his initial experiences in life, Pip mentions that his Ã¢â¬Å"most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seemsÃ¢â¬ ¦to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards eveningÃ¢â¬ (Dickens, 1992, p. 3). It was during this evening that Pip met the convict, Magwitch. The use of symbolism in his encounter with Magwitch is evident as PipÃ¢â¬â¢s initial introduction to the villainous aspects of manÃ¢â¬â¢s nature, in the form of Magwitch, occurred during the transition from day to night. One sees here how DickenÃ¢â¬â¢s uses the shift from day to night as a means of shifting the mood within the novel in such a way that will prepare the reader for his encounter with an individual who is in possession of a questionable moral character. In addition to this, one perceives here the manner through which MagwitchÃ¢â¬â¢s moral character affects PipÃ¢â¬â¢s moral disposition as Pip was introduced to committing morally questionable actions through his chance encounter with Magwitch. As opposed to the use of darkness as a means of symbolizing the immoral aspects of man, Dickens also uses the light as a means of symbolizing the moral aspects of man. For example, one is presented with PipÃ¢â¬â¢s initial encounter with Estella. Estella, which literally means star, is presented as an Ã¢â¬ËangelicÃ¢â¬â¢ being who inspires Pip to desire for the finer things in life. Reference Dickens, C. (1992). Great Expectations. London: Wordsworth Editions, 1992.