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Analysis of Major Characters in Great Expectations.

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ANALYSIS OF MAJOR CHARACTERS Pip is the main character of this story. The whole plot of the novel revolves around him and his metamorphosis into an adult from an immature adolescent. 1. Immature: pip was highly immature. This characteristic in him can be clearly seen in pg 59 where he says " but when she was gone, I looked about me for a place to hide my face in and got behind one of the gates in the brewery lane and leaned my sleeve angst the wall there, and leaned my forehead on it and cried. As I cried, I kicked the wall and took a hard twist at my hair; so bitter were my feelings so sharp were the smart without a name that needed counteraction." Pip cries so much, suddenly begins to have such a low self esteem, why? Just because a girl came and commented that he had coarse hands, wore thick boots and "called the knaves Jack." Instead of standing up for himself, pip simply cries. This goes to show how immature pip was. Pip's immaturity is also seen in his "romantic idealism." Ever since his first meeting with beautiful Estella, he always thought of her in page 101 he says, "often after dark, when I was pulling the bellows for Joe, and we were singing Old Clem, and the thought ...read more.

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Pip was bigoted: in many places, especially in the first section of the novel, we come across pip, the protagonist as being narrow-minded. His narrow-mindedness is seen in the fact that on meeting someone the first impression he has of them is -ve. The way he describes Mr. Gargery as "a strange man who looked at me as if he wanted to have a shot at me at last and bring me down" shows that pip for no concrete reason suspected Mr. Gargery. Not just a person, the way pip describes the physical atmosphere around him, using words such as "cold and threatening weather" page 33;; bleak weather(pg 1); marshes as " dark flat wilderness; marshes covered with thick mist; marshes being "flat and low" etc. these examples are more than enough to show that pip looked at his surroundings with a closed mind, he is never was able to appreciate anyone or anything. In page 60, when pip takes up the role of a narrator and reminisces his past, he says, " the child is small, and its world is small and its rocking horse stands as many hands high according to scale as a big boned Irish hunter." Looking back at his pas the mature pip now confesses that he saw things with a closed, narrow mind. ...read more.

Conclusion

He would assume the role of a father of an adolescent and talk to pip, guide him, and advise him in various matters to alleviate his troubles. This can be seen in Page 67 were he advises pip " well pip..." His love for pip can be seen in page 136 where we read, "he (Joe) never smoked so late, and it seemed to hint to me that he wanted comforting, for some reason or the other". This indicates that Joe felt very sad about Pip leaving him to go to London. Page 132: Joe refuses to take 'Compensation', second paragraph. Also see page 134. 2. Had a large heart. Observed people with an open mind and found something good in everyone: Page 45 and Page 46 where he defends his wife and speaks good about her. Understood pip well and never sulked hearing his complaints. Page 206 " our eyes met... GOD bless you!" Pip and Joes touching conversation,. He immediately apologizes Pip for his formal and un -respectful behavior. 3. Was very Na�ve: pg 205 (1st paragraph). His accent and the way he speaks also suggests that he was very innocent. Page 67, where he says " Why, see what a letter you wrote last night..." he appreciates Pip's wriring skills not knowing that pip's letter were full of grammatical and spelling errors. ...read more.

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