With love as one of the greatest driving forces in life, Pip's determination to win the love of Estella impels him to strive to become a gentleman and rise in social class so that he can be able to earn the beautiful young lady's love. To do so is Pip's "great expectation." He hopes that when he comes into money and is educated, he will be the equal of Estella and able to attain her. That money has power to change people's attitudes toward one another is a favorite subject of Dickens and Pip's attitude that money will make him more favorable in Estella's eyes is an example of this classic theme. But one must ask....at what cost?!
We will be having a test on the first part of the book on Monday, December 17th. It would behoove you to look over the notes taken in class as well as any handouts!
Progress reports will be posted this week- this test will be the final grade in the gradebook before I submit scores!
Have a great week and an even happier holiday!
In the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, Karma is believed to be the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, as well as the deciding factor of future existences. In a nut shell, Karma is simply this Cause and Effect. It is the idea that every action we have and make sets into motion a cause. These causes have their effects, which make out lives, for good or ill.
Now Karma is going to come into some SERIOUS play this week! Recall the character of Mrs. Joe.. A large, menacing woman, Mrs. Joe prides herself on raising Pip "by hand," which is a sorry pun on the way she is hitting the child and her husband whenever she is not verbally attacking them. Her favorite instrument, "The Tickler," is a stick that is "worn smooth" from caning Pip, regardless of his behavior. The bodice of her apron is stuck through with pins and needles, a true metaphor for her character. Casting such horrid behavior upon those around her has Mrs. Joe has earned herself a VIP seat in the world of Karma!
We will be finishing up Part 1 of the book this week- that means TEST on Monday! Be sure to obtain ALL handouts from the homework bins to ensure you have every resource to study from! Honors, keep in mind, your study guide on Part 1 will be due (completed!) on Monday as well.
Be good! Ka
Last week ended with Pip having the startling revelation that he was common. Of course it was brought to light by the cold and heartless Estella. Ultimately, Pip finds that he is ashamed of his background, his upbringing, Joe and himself. So how can this be fixed?
In an effort to become less common, Pip is smart enough to know he needs an education. One that will be provided by a traditional school with some extra help from his friend, Biddy. While his classmates completely waste their school time, you'll see that Pip is going to buckle down and learn all he can.
Then the question is this...why is he making this transformation? Is it for himself or for Estella?
Be on the look out for Vocab Quizzes this week! : -)
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