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Commentary on Pip's encounter with his benefactor. Chapter XX volume II pgs 308-311

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Commentary on Pip's encounter with his benefactor. Chapter XX volume II pgs 308-311 So far in this novel, Pip has been striving to be a gentleman ever since he met the beautiful but cold, Estella, when Mr. Pumblechook acquainted him with Miss Havisham, a heart broken, revengeful old woman, and Estella, her foster child. Because of Estella's harsh use of words like you coarse common boy, Pip is changed. He becomes discontented with his life in the forge and only cares for being a gentleman. He then finds out that he has come into a lot of money which he believes to have come from Miss. Havisham and sets off for London. This commentary will focus on his meeting which his benefactor. Time passes, and Pip is now twenty-three. One night, during a midnight thunderstorm, he hears heavy footsteps trudging up his stairs. Dickens creates an air of mystery about this scene. I heard a footstep on the stair. nervous folly made Pip start as he knows not who is in his house and up until this point we, neither, know who the strange visitor is or indeed if this is in fact the benefactor or someone else who has murderous intentions. ...read more.


He wishes not to return the stranger's smiles and gestures he was holding out both his hands to me. The stranger called him Master which suggests an unfamiliarity between the two or at least a difference in class. This is clearly no one that Pip recognises and yet he acts most strangely, as if he knows why Pip would be living in this kind of premises, looking about in an air of wondering pleasure. Now we get a vital clue in this virtual jigsaw which Dickens is making us put together. As if he had some part in the things he admired. I think that this sentence is devised to make us make slightly more educative guesses. Dickens is telling us that this stranger is no stranger. He shows Pip affection, he looks around the house as if he has put some part to it's being how it is and he is dressed ruggedly. The convict's affection for Pip increases as he stays on and converses with Pip. Once more holding out his hands to me. The convict clearly expects Pip to make a response to his gesture with his hands but Pip just asks what do you mean suspecting him to be mad. ...read more.


"Look'ee here, Pip. I'm your second father. You're my son-more to me nor any son. I've put away money, only for you to spend." The convict's reference to himself as Pip's "second father" brings us to track Pip's development through a succession of father figures because it's not only Joe who was a father figure for Pip. To illustrate the gloom of Pip's discovery of his new father figure, Dickens ends this section on an extremely menacing note, as the morning sky is darkened by a violent storm. The wind and rain intensified the thick, black darkness. A setting always connected to dramatic action and atmosphere in the novel. A storm can only mean that trouble lies ahead for Pip and his frightening benefactor. Pip is done maturing into an adult, marking a new phase in the novel. The reappearance of the convict and the solution of the mystery of Pip's benefactor mark an important milestone in the book's storyline progress. This is the second milestone, the first being when Pip realises his expectations which is why we are told at the end of the chapter that This is the end of the second stage of Pip's expectations. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ikenna Igboaka Page 1 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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