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Discuss how Dickens establishes the idea of young Pip at the start of the novel. Great Expectation is like an autobiographical novel as it's not a true story but seems like it

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Great Expectations Discuss how Dickens establishes the idea of young Pip at the start of the novel. Great Expectation is like an autobiographical novel as it's not a true story but seems like it. It is written by Charles Dickens about a boy called Philip Pirrip also known as Pip, who develops from a young boy to a mature and wise adult. Charles Dickens follows the life of Pips identity and how he changes from the different experiences he gains throughout this novel Great Expectations. The themes of this novel are Education and Prejudice. Great Expectations is similar to the genre of Bildungsroman as this novel charts the growth and development of an orphan from childhood to adulthood which is the case for many protagonists in a Bildungsroman but isn't exactly like a Bildungsroman as Pip is not real. The use of Bildungsroman allows the protagonist Pip to deliver his point of view which establishes the characters quite clearly from the start as Pip looks back as a child. The novel also explores the aspects of social inequalities. For example, the novel looks at the class system and at the divisions between the rich and poor. He also looks at the role of the Penal System as Dickens portrays an image of sympathy 'who limped, and shivered...' for the convict in chapter one and mentions 'the gibbet' in the background to remind us of when people were hung, ...read more.


This shows that in the Victorian society there was no equality. We also learn that Pips identity does not matter to Estella in chapter eight, to Estella Pip is just another guy for her to 'break his heart'. Estella's insults - that Pip is 'common' and has 'coarse' hands, hits young Pip particularly hard and helps him to develop into realising what his status is and illustrates that Pip starts to become embarrassed of his identity. When Pip does realise he's working class he starts to feel that it's partly Joe's fault because if Joe had been raised up more like a gentleman, then Pip would have been like one too, he also says '...ask Joe why he had taught me to call those picture cards, Jacks, which ought to be called Knaves.' This shows that he was having bitter feelings towards Joe and was also embarrassed of him. We also learn that Pip was also upset with himself for being a working class child, "I kicked the wall,' this shows that he was taking his anger out on himself. From the first person narration by Pip, we can understand more deeply of how Young Pip was really feeling that time. It helps us to look further in Pips life to understand how he was brought up and acknowledge the reasons why Pip was crying as he's so sensitive, this made us sympathetic towards Pip as he was being put down just because of his class. ...read more.


We see Pip as a polite and respectful boy and we see that he doesn't care about his class or about what other people see him as, just about who is inside and this creates sympathy from the readers for him. Dickens portrays Pip as sweet, innocent child but as the story goes on we see how Pip develops and matures into a boy who changes and become aware of class when he meets Estella and tries to deny his identity as a lower class and family background so he tries to develop into a gentleman by getting a proper education to impress Estella but as older Pip narrates we see that he realises what a snob he was. Pip's identity develops in more detail and depth as he slowly reveals the events in Pips life to establish his identity. This story also begins to reveal its similarities to a Bildungsroman. As this story is based on the life of an orphan who comes upon an event in his life which creates distance from his family at an early stage. This helps him into his quest to become a gentleman which is similar to a Bildungsroman although not exactly as a Bildungsroman is written by the main protagonist himself whereas this story is not as it is a non-fiction story written by Charles Dickens. By Sarah Naim ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - Sarah Naim 10s ...read more.

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