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Describe Pip’s encounters with Miss Havisham and Estella, and show how the meetings affect his character and his relationships.

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Describe Pip's encounters with Miss Havisham and Estella, and show how the meetings affect his character and his relationships. Puneet Khandelwal At the start of the novel, Pip is an innocent boy who has been brought up to respect his elders and betters. He is a kind-hearted child as is seen in the episode in which he brings the convict the file and the food. He is also rather gullible and really believes that a terrible man will tear his liver out while he sleeps unless he does as he has been told. This gullibility can be seen again when he visits Miss Havisham's house, for the first time, and is taken in by the charms of Estella. Pip first meets Miss Havisham when he goes to Satis House, to play. He sees her sitting in the candle lit room in her wedding dress and jewelry, sitting next to her dressing table. His first impression of her was that "she was the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see." ...read more.


He visits Miss Havisham as usual but on one of these visits he finds that Estella has gone abroad to be educated. Pip is upset at this news because he started to like Estella quite a lot but he also thinks that Biddy is growing up into a "rather attractive woman," and is quite fond of her. When he is told, by Jaggers, that Pip has inherited a "handsome property," Pip immediately thinks that the "handsome property" is Satis House. He is also told that he must begin his education in London right away. Pip's attitude to Joe and Biddy completely changes now and he begins to think himself as being a gentleman, something that he is not. He begins to speak highly of himself and talks down at Joe and Biddy. He is insulting to Biddy because he says; "you are envious, Biddy, and grudging. You are dissatisfied on account of my rise in fortune and can't help showing it..." Biddy takes as a huge insult. He is rude to Biddy because he compares her to Estella. ...read more.


He doesn't have any friends and now he becomes even lonelier. But he prepared to give all this up, as he is desperate to win Estella and desperate to obtain all the money. He doesn't see that some people are trying to take advantage of his new wealth, such as Mr. Pumblechook. Pip is invited over for dinner by Mr. Pumblechook, who gives him the best wine and the best meat to eat and at the end he asks Pip if he would like to invest some of his money in Mr. Pumblechook's corn business. Mr. Pumblechook never ever used to be this nice to Pip, when he was a commoner, but now that Pip has a lot of money, Mr. Pumblechook treats Pip just like the upper class. So overall Pip went from being just a normal, common boy who loved Joe, and his own sister, and was respectful of everyone that was elder than him and turned into someone who didn't care about anyone else besides those of the upper class. He became disrespectful, snobbish, very insulting and bid headed. ...read more.

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