An advancement in one’s social status & an educational preferment without values in all conscience, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a person a more erudite wretch.
To put it in simpler words, one’s social status is in no way reflective of his real character, a man can have all the wealth & a high social standing but if he lacks a simple morality then, he is in no way rank higher than a blacksmith who shows compassion & loyalty to a man in need without expecting anything in return.
This book accounts the journey of Pip who explores the dangers of false perception of how one evaluates a person’s worth in the society, it deals with various themes such as social class,crime, guilt,ambition, self discovery and misperception of human worth by painting a vivid picture of the scenes which shows the character development of the protagonist over time, who realizes the real meaning of a gentleman.
We see Pip, an orphan who lives with his sister & later becomes an apprentice to Joe after meeting Miss Havisham ( a tragic lady suspended in time whose fiancé jilted her on her wedding day) where he was called to play with a beautiful but haughty Estella who is Miss Havisham’s sword of vengeance to break hearts of men while later we come to know that the situation of Pip is no more better than her, he too is an image of a gentleman created by Magwitch (who was bargained away all his life without showing any mercy by the people) as a revenge on the world.
Pip who is ashamed of his humble background & is longing to become a gentleman to win over Estella, who regarded him with aversion comes to know that he has been provided with money by an anonymous benefactor which changes the life of a common boy who have great expectations about his future & will have to learn & accept the fateful encounter of the cruel world & the consequences of his great expectations.
To say the least, I read classics of my own volition & this one hits me hard on personal level & fills me with hopeful admiration because I can relate to the all characters in the book in search of my own identity at different phases of my life.
QOFD - Name a book that you can relate to & why?