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Themes in Great Expectations

Themes Examples in Great Expectations:

Chapter XXXIV

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"Many a time of an evening, when I sat alone looking at the fire, I thought, after all, there was no fire like the forge fire and the kitchen fire at home...."   (Chapter XXXIV)

Pip is finally (he believes) living the life of a gentleman: he has plenty of money and lives comfortably in London. The gentlemanly life is not as satisfying as Pip expected, however; he is homesick and feels guilty about how poorly he treated Joe. He unconsciously begins to question the very definition of a gentleman—a definition he will rework throughout the rest of the novel.

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