Jaggers is a hard-working, self-made man, who is direct, true to fact, and a good man in his own way.
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Characters who espouse the former variety are concerned with reputation, not with integrity.
Among them are Mrs. Because these characters measure themselves according to public opinion, they are constantly comparing themselves to the people around them and denigrating others in order to make themselves seem superior by comparison. Joe and Bentley Drummle are sour-tempered and Pip is deeply unhappy for the majority of the novel.
Characters like Joe and Biddy, on the other hand, possess integrity and thus value themselves according to their own standards of success. Because they are self-sufficient rather than dependent on others for affirmation, these characters are at peace with themselves and can actually experience contentment.
Over the course of the novel, Pip evolves from being a person invested in reputation to being a person with integrity. Shame plays an integral role in this education. For most of the novel, Pip suppresses his shame at mistreating Joe and Biddy and avoids apologizing to them.
This behavior prioritizes reputation, refusing to acknowledge shame so that the public will not see it.
A person with integrity, by contrast, apologizes because he has prioritized his conscience over controlling how others see him.
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This might sound wierd but I was thinking since I’ve been on a bit of a Stephen King bender lately, some comparisons could be made between the two. Almost all of the people Pip knows have specific societal roles with specific societal functions: the tailor, the blacksmith, the clerk, the lawyer, the seedsman, the shipping agent, and all of these people seem content in their lives of earning profit and creating things.
Bloom’s GUIDES Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations Edited & with an Introduction by Harold Bloom. I. Printed and bound in the United States of America.
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Satis House is a symbol of frustrated expectations. The word "satis" comes from the Latin word for "enough," and the house must have been given its name as a blessing or as a premonition that its residents would be satisfied with the lives they led between its walls.
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