Big Feasts/Language

For my last blog I have choose to talk about how Charles Dickens is agreeing with the cultural assumption again, in the book Great Expectations. The Cultural assumption used is, how many people in the 1800's in London had many big feast with lots of big meals served at the table, and lots of people. This shown twice in Great Expectations.

Large feast were quite popular with the higher class people as they had much more food, cutlery and were much more known by many more people. In Great Expectations this is shown at the little house of Mrs Gagery's but they were only known because Mrs Gagery had a very good reputation in the community. One example of when this happen is when Pip arrives late home for dinner but when he arrives the house is full of strangers and Mrs Gagery was bringing out meals after meals for these people.

Another example of people having feasts in the 1800's in London is when Pip is chose by Miss Havisham after my years of leaving there to become a gentleman. Pip is living with other man and they all eat together. There is a room full of grown men and there are many big meals and the table is set with white table clothes and set with silver cutlery.

Estella, Miss Havisham's adopted daughter got an education and speaks very proper as Miss Havisham has also raised her, but Pip on the other hand talks very causal as that was the way he was raised and he never got an education. Language is a very easy way to determine whether the person is quite wealthy or not.