Essay about Herbert in Great Expectations

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The only real gentleman in Great Expectations is Herbert. Write an essay arguing either for or against this point of view using quotations to support your arguments.

The only real gentleman in Great Expectations is Herbert. Write an essay arguing either for or against this point of view using quotations to support your arguments. You should look at other characters, for example, Pip, Joe, Drummle and Compeyson. You will need to define exactly what you think is meant by a 'gentleman'.

Throughout Great Expectations, the author, Charles Dickens, makes a point of focussing on 'gentlemen', in particular, Herbert Pocket, Pip
Pirrip, Bentley Drummle, Compeyson, and Joe Gargery. He shows his personal opinion on the subject, namely
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After Pip moves in with Herbert in London, Pip, in talking about
Herbert, says that he has never seen anyone who had a "natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean." This good-natured, open and kind behaviour described by Pip is a gentlemanly trait.

During the dinner in which Herbert tells Pip about Miss. Havisham's past, there are several indications and examples of Herbert being a gentleman. Pip says, "I am conscious that he carried off his rather old clothes, much better than I carried off my new suit." This seems to indicate that Pip sees Herbert looks more of a gentleman in his old clothes, than he does in his new clothes. During the meal, when Pip is eating, his table manners leave a lot to be desired. Herbert, further proving he to be a gentleman, politely sips Pip a few pointers on the gentlemanly way of eating. He does this several times, one of the most obvious being "Take another glass of wine, and excuse my mentioning that society as a body does not expect one to be so strictly conscientious in emptying one's glass, as to turn it bottom upwards with the rim on his nose."

When Joe visits later on in the story, Herbert shows him politeness and selflessness; an example of this is when he asks Joe if he would like coffee. When Joe replies that he would prefer not to have coffee,
Herbert says "Say tea then." This putting others before himself is a gentlemanly quality.

In conclusion, Herbert is definitely a gentleman, and

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