Whensomeone is so anxious with their social standing in society, they begin toabandon the things they love and what truly make then happy.
In the GreatExpectations, Charles Dickens describes the absence of happiness that comeswith higher social position through the character Pip. When pip was young, hefell in love with Estella and strongly believed that if he were to becomegentlemen, Estella will return his love. He then decides to dedicate his lifeto becoming a gentleman. Once Pip made his life plan in becoming a gentleman,he was given a large amount of fortune from a mysterious donner who allowed himto move to London to learn how to be a gentleman.
Pip began to develop hatredtowards his past common life “Finally, I remember that when I got into mylittle bed-room, I was truly retched, and had a strong conviction on me that Ishould never like Joe’s trade. I had liked it once, but once was not now”(Dickens 82). Pip truly believes that his happiness will come from him becominga gentleman.
In order for him to become one, he must first be able to fit inthe upper class society. Pip learns to hate all lower class occupations, suchas his old occupation in being a blacksmith, and abandon his home. Afterachieving his goal in obtaining the title of a gentleman, Pip decides to meetEstella but to then only get rejected no matter what title or how much wealthhe possessed. Pip then goes through many difficulties and in the end loses allhis fortunes and ends up with a large amount of debt. When Pip returns home, herealizes that he had missed so much love from his family, especially from Joewho had even paid off all of his debts once he arrived “He would sit and talkto me in the old confidence, and with the old simplicity, and in the oldunassertive protecting way, so that I would half believe that all my life sincethe days of the old kitchen was one if the mental troubles of the fever thatwas gone” (Dickens 366).
Once Pip rejected social standards and started topursue what makes him actually happy, he was able to find true happiness andfinally obtain Estella’s love.