as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality,

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter IV

Pip intimates he would not have chosen to be born. "Religion," with its emphasis upon original sin, offers no inviting prospect; morality, such as Mrs. Joe's, is intolerant and brutal; "reason," reviewing the hostile conditions, may very well decide to pass on the opportunity. The statement invites us to reflect on the circumstances of vast numbers of those among the poor in England who resemble or are far worse of than Pip. 

 

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