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All the adults with which Pip comes in contact with in the novel fails Him in some way or are unsatisfactory - Discuss

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Introduction

All the adults with which Pip comes in contact with in the novel fails Him in some way or are unsatisfactory I agree that all the adults Pip meet fail him in some way. The first character Pip comes in contact with in the novel is Mrs Joe. Rather than mothering Pip and giving him all the care and attention he never got she neglects him and treats him very roughly. She had brought Pip up "by hand" and used "Tickler" on him a number of times. She never says anything pleasant to Pip and I think that she thinks he interrupts with her relationship with Joe. Mrs Joe says that Pip was not to be "Pompeyed" - pampered. This was what most parents do do to their own children, but Mrs Joe makes sure Pip doesn't have an easy life. He does occasional jobs for local people in which he was to "frighten birds, or pick up stones, or do any such job". Even though it is Pip whom earns the money, he doesn't get a share of it as Mrs Joe kept a money box "on the kitchen shelf.....were to be contributed eventually towards liquidation of the National Debt." ...read more.

Middle

"His manner was so final and I was so astonished, that I followed where he led, as if I had been under a spell." "I was secretly afraid of him." The fight between Herbert and Pip makes Pip paranoid that the "Law would avenge it" and that Pip would be shot, or imprisoned. "he made me believe he really was going to do for me at last." Pip thinks Herbert was going to kill him and so therefore does not think very kindly towards Herbert at this time. "My mind grew very uneasy on the subject of the pale young gentleman." It plays on his mind for a while after, and this would not have happened if Herbert had not challenged Pip and left him 'no choice' but to follow. Pumblechook lets Pip down by being very patronising. Pumblechook is always questioning Pip and putting him on the spot, whether it is testing his maths, or insulting him over dinner with everyone else watching, calling him "pork and "squeaker". Even though Pumblechook is Joe's uncle and not Mrs. Joe she still calls him uncle but Pip was "not allowed to call him uncle, under the severest penalties." ...read more.

Conclusion

Estella is the one person who comes between Pip and Joe. "It is the most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home," and this is all because of Estella. Pip used to look forward to becoming Joe's apprentice and working by his side, but because of Estella's comments Pip is not satisfied with this and wants to become a gentleman. She looks down on Pip and calls him "boy" and "you little coarse monster" and "common" all of which she knows deeply hurt him. "I felt that the kiss was given to the coarse common boy as a piece of money might have been, and that is was worth nothing. Mr Jaggers is very sure of himself and very patronising towards Pip. He makes himself more superior in comparison to Pip, and talks badly of him before he even knows him. "I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you're a bad set of fellows." I think Pip finds Biddy slightly unsatisfactory in her teachings as I think Pip has much higher expectations of how much she actually knows. He is grateful for what she does teach him, but he wants to be made a gentleman and not to be common anymore, and Biddy cannot do this for Pip. ...read more.

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