Charles Dickens’ display of social space and class hierarchy in Great Expectations
1 International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Victorian era English society social class was based on an inflexible system built around an individual’s profession, their familial ties, and other cultural elements such as behavior. This system means that moving up the social ladder was difficult for anyone who was not born into an upper-class family. However, when the Industrial Revolution came, 19th century society witnessed drastic changes since suddenly, economic opportunities presented themselves and social mobility became something that viable. In Great Expectations Charles Darwin finds an excellent opportunity to present to readers the realities of the inflexible Victoria era social structure. Through the different characters included in the novel, the author paints a picture of the cultural, social, and psychological factors that separated the different social classes in early English society. Each of the characters were carefully crafted to give the audience as much insight into the physical and psychological dimensions of social classes as possible.
Keywords: Social space, class mobility, Victorian society, social class, education, stratification
HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE
Dupovac I. (2022). Charles Dickens’ display of social space and class hierarchy in Great Expectations, MAP Education and Humanities, 2(2), 1-13. doi: https://doi.org/10.53880/2744-2373.2022.2.2.1