Great Expectations

1999 words, 8 pages

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How does Dickens present Pip as a young boy in contrast to him as an adult?

Throughout the novel, ‘Great Expectations’, Dickens portrays the main character, Philip Pirrip, (commonly known as Pip) differently, through his transform from a boy to an adult, and his changing relationships with the people around him. He starts as a small and mal-nourished orphaned boy, living in his sister’s care, with five younger brothers of his all dead. He then blossoms in to a rich, wealthy and well respected man. This will be illustrated specifically by Pip’s relationship with his sister’s husband Joe Gargery. As the novel progresses it becomes evident that Pip’s respect and admiration for Joe are dramatically influenced by Pip’s changing... View More »

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Throughout the duration of chapter two, it is evident that Mrs Joe uses the Tickler and the threat of violence on both Joe and Pip, supporting Pip’s idea that they are nothing more than equals, and are thus both treated this way.

When Pip is still a young boy it can be seen that he shows a great amount of affection for Joe. Dickens portrays this by the language that he uses when addressing Joe in contrast to the way that he speaks to his sister and other characters in the novel. In the first chapter, Pip comes across an escaped convict, from the prison ship, when visiting his parent’s graves. He is at first, very afraid of the character, formally known as Magwitch , but still treats him respectfully and courteously; this is shown by the constant repetition of the use of the word ‘sir’ as he addresses Magwitch. This is a reflection upon the way that Pip has been bought up; to show etiquette and good manners to anyone he comes across. Magwitch demands certain items from Pip, who is under the threat of having his liver eaten, if he does not get these items to the convict. Pip, the obedient boy, does as asked and supplies Magwitch with the file, whittles and food as requested.

In chapter seven, the reader is exposed to an intimate ‘moment’ shared alone by Pip and Joe. It is during this discussion that Pip learns a lot about Joe that he was otherwise oblivious to. It is in this conversation that Pip discovers that Joe had a very poor education due to his alcoholic father’s determination for it to be that way. Pip treats this news with a sympathetic ear, and does not ...

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