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Both 'Great Expectations' and 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' are about growing up. Compare what influences bear upon Pip and Scout during their early lives and discuss how the authors of the novels develop these themes.

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Both 'Great Expectations' and 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' are about growing up. Compare what influences bear upon Pip and Scout during their early lives and discuss how the authors of the novels develop these themes. Pip's role in 'Great Expectations' is developed through the positive and negative influences of Joe, Abel Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Firstly there is Joe, who Pip, in chapter two, describes as a "dear fellow". He shows through out the entire book that he is a "dear fellow". He also always shows complete honesty which helps Pip become a trustworthy person from an early age. Joe also gives Pip's early life a lot of stability which he can always rely on. This gives Pip some security from the other early life experiences he comes in contact with. Pip is able to have some confidence because he knows that Joe will give him support because of his unconditional love. Joe's massive forgiving nature allows Pip to relax and grow better knowing that he won't always have to hide what he's doing. ...read more.

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You'll get nothing". She also shows him that it is possible to manipulate people so that they do what you want them to do. Miss Havisham is also the person whom moulds Estella who eventually hurts Pip as told to do so by Miss Havisham when she said "break his heart". As well as all that it is her that really makes Pip unhappy about his life in the lower-class. Pip, because of Miss Havisham and Estella, becomes ashamed of his upbringing and starts to disown his family. This means that Pip is starting to show prejudice towards the lower class. Joe Gargery, Abel Magwitch and Miss Havisham are the three major characters in dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' that have influenced and developed the role of a young Pip. The role of Scout in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' is developed through the positive and negative influences of Atticus, Jem and Calpurnia. Atticus is very courageous and skilful, he shows this when he shoots the mad dog, Tim Johnson, this is shown in chapter ten when it says 'The rifle cracked. ...read more.

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She teaches Scout that you cant force people to believe in what you believe you have to let them make up their own minds about everything, see says this when telling the children why she spoke differently at her church. Both Pip and Scout have three main influences in their early lives that help to develop their early lives. They also have similar upbringings. They both have a kind, generous and honest father figures in Joe and Atticus. The also have stern mother figures in Mrs Joe and Calpurnia, although Calpurnia is a lot fairer towards Scout than Mrs Joe is towards Pip. Finally they both have an older more mature brother or sister in Mrs Joe for Pip and Jem for Scout. Both upbringings also involve a legal element with Abel Magwitch, the convict, for Pip and Scout's father Atticus, a solicitor, for her. Overall, even though the two of them, Pip and Scout, have had their young lives developed in different times and places, and by two completely different authors, they have had similar upbringings and influences. 1 ...read more.

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