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Discuss the relationship between Pip and Joe in Great Expectations.

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English Coursework For this assignment I have been asked to discuss the relationship between Pip and Joe in Great Expectations. I hope to show the different stages of Pip and Joe's relationship and to look at themes and techniques Dickens uses to highlight and change Pip and Joe's relationship. In the first part, the narrator and chief character Pip meets an escaped convict who terrifies him into stealing food and a file, to remove his leg iron. Pip takes food to the convict, but another convict makes sure both are recaptured. We learn much later that the convict was transported to Australia. Later Pip is invited to the house of Miss Havisham. She was jilted on her wedding day, but still wears her wedding dress; she lives with her adopted daughter Estella, Pip continues to visit Mrs Havisham until he starts his apprentice with Joe at the age of 14. At about 20 Pip comes into some fortune and is told he shall be taken to London to become a gentleman. He then meets Estella again and becomes friends however She marries a wealthy man called Bentley Drummle. ...read more.

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But for whatever reason the relationship between the two certainly changes. This is shown in chapter 27 when Joe goes to meet Pip in London. Pip is ashamed of Joe he says things like "I should have liked to have run away". "Joes clumsy manner" Pip has gone from once looking up to Joe and respecting him to looking down upon him , And Joe now does not feel like he is good enough for Pip and I think he can see he is not welcome as he leaves very quickly and calls Pip "Sir" which is very different compared to when Pip lived at the forge The relationship between the Pip and Joe changes once again towards the end on great expectations When Pip returns to the forge Pip shows respect to Joe and his friendship by not saying any thing to Joe about him having ambitions to marry Biddy. Also Joe is more than happy to see Pip highlighting his very forgiving angelic type of image. Dickens Shows off the relationships very well within great expectations using many techniques and styles to influence the reader. ...read more.

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he becomes unhappy as he looses his best friend in Joe and he looses the love of his life in Estella. This shows that money does not make you happy and shows a very good comparison between rich and poor. The theme carries on as Pip looses his money. As he goes on to meet Estella again and becomes friends once again. Looking at Dickens Past I think helps understand his writing of great expectations. As some things from his personal past show up in great expectations for example he had to be taken out of school as his dad was imprisoned for debt ( like Pip would have been ) so therefore he himself had a hard background and probably one day dreamed of being rich. All in all Dickens has managed to highlight the relationship between Pip and Joe at the same time as deal with the class system of the Victorian age. he has used many techniques may t be changing perspective, to using language and writing techniques like repetition and symbolism Dickens has created an epic adventure of young boy as well as showing how his actions effect people around him and has also highlighted the things wrong about the so called 'Gentleman' and the importance of loyalty and love within a relationship. Richard Store ...read more.

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