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Dreams and Reality in Great Expectations

            In the book "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, Pip, Estella, and Miss Havisham all have dreams and certain expectations. Pip and Estella both have great expectations to follow. Although, Estella's expectations are mostly to impress or satisfy Miss Havisham, who adopted Estella. Miss Havisham's expectations have a lot to do with love, and heartbreak. Pip's expectations is to become a wealthy and educated gentlemen. Remember that Pip was raised in an area where education did not come about. Or, was not necessarily needed because he was really excited about becoming apprenticed in Joe's forge. His expectations came to reality when the Jaggers promised Pip a gentlemen's education, and a when he was of age, and large inheritance. "Biddy," said I, after binding her to secrecy, "I want to be a gentleman." (17.24) Even though, Pip says he wants to be a gentlemen, he begins to question if he came live to up the goals or certain expectations to become a gentlemen. He doesn't know what a gentlemen is, what a gentleman does, or if he can even become a gentleman. "I am ashamed to say it," I returned, "and yet it's no worse to say it than to think it. You call me a lucky fellow. Of course, I am. I was a blacksmith's boy but yesterday; I am-what shall I say I am-to-day?" (30.26) Pip wants to be a gentleman but, he can only dream about it because he would rather obtain from his identity for what he is, rather than he what does. .
             Estella's expectations were given by the woman who adopted her, Miss Havisham. Estella was raised to be a lady, but to also break other, and all men's hearts. She was expected to be heartless, emotionless, towards all men. The reason Miss Havisham made Estella the way she is, is because on the day of Miss Havisham's wedding, her fiancé stood her up. Ever since then, she has had hatred towards all men. So, she deliberately decided to raise Estella to break every man's heart.

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