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Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel

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Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel Great Expectations is written by the great novelist Charles Dickens who says about the life of his protagonist, Pip during his quite liable and naive infancy/adolescence in life to his later years where he transforms, becoming more and more stubborn., Pip, reveals a character who is a victim of the harsh, oppressive Victorian society. The bildungsroman charts the life of a helpless protagonist in search of growth and development, in which we are introduced by the older Pip who in which looks back on the younger Pip, and demonstrates how Pip gets through all life's hardships and difficulties. Throughout the novel he describes the class system that he lived under as unfair and unjust through the colourful lives of his main characters. He exposes the harshness of life for the working classes who suffered greatly in a bid to survive during the Victorian era. Dickens also uses the popular genre of the time, Bildungsroman, which conventional plots the life of the writer's character (In this case Pip) ...read more.


Pips relationship with the convict, although brief, reveals a lot about his personality and grows within statue and his future benefactor. We see that Pip, although being threatened constantly maintains discipline and replies with "Sir". The convict, although portrayed as petrifying is seen to have a more humane side when Dickens says "and he smeared his ragged, rough sleeve over his eyes." This makes him seem more humane because all humans cry and it is natural to let out your sorrow. During Pips meeting with the convict in chapter 3 Dickens uses many types of symbolism to get his views across. Magwitch, for instance, frightens Pip at first simply because he is a convict, and Pip feels guilty for helping him because he is afraid of the law, and he also feels as though he has stolen food from the household which puts a deeper remorse feeling into his head but also undergo the feeling that he is serving the convict. "It was a rimy morning and very damp" justifies that Pip is in a durable situation and therefore demonstrates that he is poignant and immovable to his surroundings. ...read more.


class division between upper classes and working class, which relates to Victorian society, and it also exemplifies how little she thinks of Pip as a lower class person. Throughout the novel, Dickens explores the class system of Victorian England, ranging from the most wretched criminals (Magwitch) to the poor peasants of the marsh country (Joe and Biddy) to the middle class (Pumblechook) to the very rich (Mrs Havisham) Estella, the beautiful teaser quotes "so. what do you think about Estella then? Is she pretty?" by saying this she embarrasses Pip as she doesn't give any option to Pip, none other than saying "yes.. Mrs Havisham....she's very pretty". Another way in which Estella shows her brutality to Pip is when they play the game called 'beggar my neighbour' it is a game where if Estella wins she takes everything, and the nature of the game is all about Acquisition and selfishness, which reflects to the Victorian society. Concluding, we learn that Pip becomes more and more fragile, however his ego take him to another level and this is the reason which makes him so shameless in what he does. ...read more.

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