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Analysis of the relationship Pip has with the paternal figures in his life

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Analysis of the relationship Pip has with the paternal figures in his life Charles John Huffman Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812. In 1822 when Charles was 10 his family moved to London where he spent the happiest days of his childhood. Charles's dad worked as a clerk in a local navy pay office. His father had very bad spending habits and even though the family considered themselves quite well off his father's spending habits drove the family into a financial disaster and in 1824 John Dickens was in severe debt and was put in prison. This echo's what happens to Pip after his spending habits become very extravagant he is in severe debt and is about to be arrested for it. When his father was in prison Charles was taken out of school and forced to work in a shoe dye factory aged just 12. While working in the factory Dickens lived alone in north London. Even though Dickens considered this to be the worst time of his life, the experience of it helped shape the world renowned author. After his father's release from prison Dickens went back to school but at the age of 15 he was sent back to work against his wishes. This time Charles worked as a clerk in a law firm, then a shorthand reporter in court and finally a parliamentary and news reporter. In 'Great Expectations' Joe is also sent to work at a young age but this is because his fathers was always drunk so he had no choice but to work to earn money for his family. In 1836 Charles Dickens married Catherine Hogarth and they had 10 children together but one died. Dickens and Hogarth split up in 1858 after a 22yr marriage. Also in 1836 Charles became editor of a monthly magazine called 'Bentley's miscellany' which would see instalments of some of the most famous novels to date including 'Oliver Twist' and 'Nicholas Nickelby'. ...read more.


upon my mind that I ought to tell Joe the whole truth - yet I did not and for the reason that I mistrusted that if I did he would think less of me than I was" pg 40 chapter 6 This fear stays with Pip for most of his childhood. When Pip eventually tells Joe the truth about his time at Miss Havisham's and tells Joe that he feels common Joe tells him explains to him " lies is lies .... That ain't the way to get out of being common old chap" but Joe doesn't get angry with Pip. After Pip has met Magwitch again to give him the file and food. Pip describes Magwitch's eating style as "one of our large dogs I had often watched eating". When Pip returns home soldiers were looking for Joe because he could mend the handcuffs for them because he is a black smith. The soldiers explain that they are hunting for two fugitives and Joe, Pip, Pumblechook and Wopsle decide to join the soldiers in their search and they end up on the marshes where they find the two convicts fighting in the mud, the soldiers immediately arrest them but when Magwitch sees Pip's scared face he decides to help him by saying that he is the one who took the pie, brandy, file and whittles. "I wish to say something.... It may prevent some persons lying under suspicions" page 38 chapter 5 Even though Pip and Magwitch have only know each other for a day Magwitch already shows a fondness towards him and shows he wants too protect him. This later builds a strong relationship between the two. After this incident Pip tries to carry on with his life as normally as he can and succeeds. After this Dickens wrote nothing about Magwitch again until in chapter 39 when Pip is 23 yrs old Magwitch turns up at Pips house revealing that he is Pips real benefactor Pip doesn't want to believe this ...read more.


Also Joe provides a strong moral foundation to his life. On the other hand Miss Havisham and Estella have helped Pip a lot because they made him have his expectations and without that there would have been no story and also they made him feel he had to become better so they were the spark of the fire of his desires which made him have his expectations. While Miss Havisham and Estella sparked Pip's desire to be a gentleman Magwitch helped Pip the most because he gave him the confidence to think he could one day marry Estella and also he gave him the financial backing he needed to become the object of his desires; a true gentleman. All of these things helped Pip to become the person he wished to be but at the end of the novel Joe , Biddy and baby Pip are the most important things to Pip because they were so forgiving even though he had been snobbish towards them. Pip sees the error of his ways and begs forgiveness even though Joe and Biddy have said he is forgiven. This echo's the parable of the prodigal son. Pip goes away to find his fortune and deserts his family but they forgive him. This could be Dickens's way of telling his readers to be forgiving in situations like this. In conclusion all of the people in pips life have aided his development in some way or another some more than others but each has a significant effect on Pip as a person. I think that Joe has had the biggest effect on Pip's life because he gave Pip the morals that made him tell Magwitch about Estella and also the morals that made him come home after all that time and if in the book Pip had never met Miss Havisham and Estella he would have been happy where he was and wouldn't have had great expectations. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Jade Vincent Hall 10BW ...read more.

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