Cultural assumption 2

The combinations of looks and money give you power you will go further in life.

The author shows this cultural assumption through the characters. In fact he shows it with the main character Pip.

For example Pip tries to become a gentlemen, he even travels to London on his mission to join the upper class. In the end no matter how hard he tries the upper class society does not fully accept Pip and he eventually returns to his original social status. “Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man’s a blacksmith, and one’s a whitesmith, and one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Diwisions among such must come, and must be met as they come.” In this quote Joe refers to a number of different smiths, we can interpret this as society's social classes. At the end of the quote Joe says '… must be met as they come' this is Joe referring to the divisions between the various social classes of this era. Joe is saying that basic human nature is to blame it on the social divisions, conveying to us that the lower classes indeed are separated from the upper classes, Joe is also saying that the upper class symbolized as the 'goldsmith' is rich, powerful and appealing. In my opinion I believe this is unjust, as humans we are always searching for something more and to deny us the opportunity to become more is inequitable. In this era the historical context was very much about who's, who and how much they have and their social status. Dickens conveys this brilliantly throughout the novel. The author accepts this assumption, we know this because he conveys to us that Pip didn’t belong in the upper class in the first place, however when he was given money and due to his natural good looks he obtained power.

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