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Great Expectations > Gentlemen

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Cassandra Piazza | 23 comments How is Dickens defining the Gentleman? Is it wealth, upbringing, or a family name and reputation that have been preserved over generations? Can one become a gentleman?

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Paulina (paulinabibliophile) | 192 comments We have to remember that at the time this book came out it was possible for someone to move between the classes, an impossible feat before. So yes, being a gentleman was less defined by one's heritage as it was in a sense of "honour" and education.

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