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‘How far has Pip changed by the end of Part 1 of the novel’.

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Introduction

Coursework essay for Kelly Bowles 10k4 01/03/2002 'How far has Pip changed by the end of Part 1 of the novel'. In part 1 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pips character begins as a young boy living with his sister who abuses Pip, this makes him insecure, although he seems quite content with his life. But this does not last long as Pips character encounters numerous main events that influence him and help his character develop. The first of which is Pips first meeting with Magwitch. He begins to learn to be afraid of the dangers of life, and perhaps that there is a world beyond his family and poverty. One can clearly see that the poor boy is terrified and startled: "I was dreadfully frightened, and so giddy that I clung ...read more.

Middle

Pips relationship with Estella does not get off to a great start as Pips character is instantaneously ill - treated: 'She seemed much older than I, of course, being a girl, and beautiful and possessed; and she was as scornful of me' From that moment onwards Pip carried a torch for Estella, this taught him that the path of true love never runs smooth. It also caused him immense pain at times. Estella realizing this constantly played with his feelings and emotions. Estella along with many other characters in Great Expectations made Pip feel ashamed about his self: 'I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair.' ...read more.

Conclusion

This, for Pip is a life altering adventure. Firstly, he suprises himself when he learns his own strength after giving the boy a black eye. One can later see the conscience-striken young boy that Pip has progressed to. He also shows the extent of his fear towards Ms Havisham: 'Miss Havisham, preferring to take personal vengeance for an outrage done to her house, might rise in those grave-clothes of hers, draw a pistol, and shoot me dead' In short, Pip's character has greatly developed from a frail, abused young boy to a powerful, respectful boy learning the meaning of true love and the dangers of life. Abandoning his own family to make something of his life. His character has come so far in Part 1 and I predict will develop much more later in the story. ...read more.

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