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Discuss the variety of influences to which Pip is exposed during the course of Great Expectations as he approaches adult-hood, and the ways in which the reader's opinion of Pip's character might alter as the story develops.

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Introduction

Mohamed Alliy Discuss the variety of influences to which Pip is exposed during the course of Great Expectations as he approaches adult-hood, and the ways in which the reader's opinion of Pip's character might alter as the story develops. Charles dickens is one of the world's best-loved writers, and "Great Expectations" may be one of his most autobiographical works. The Narrator of "Great Expectations", Pip, is in contrast, a man of many faults, who hides none of them from the reader. If Pip is a self-portrait, Dickens must have been a reservoir of inferiority complexes, guilt and share. Many other aspects of "Great Expectations" are autobiographical too. Although Dickens wasn't an orphan as Pip is but he may have well felt like one. Dickens' mother apparently was a careless housekeeper. Pip's sister who a few times mentions that she 'brought him up by hand', keeps a spotless house but she doesn't know how to make it a home. In her mind, the sole ingredients of child rearing are a firm beating and a dose of tar-water. It could be that maybe she is deliberately cruel, or maybe she has just mistaken notions of how to run a family. ...read more.

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He gains to be confident with her but it's strange because he can list Estella's main faults- proud, selfish, cold, cruel and unloving: ' "Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her... giving up your whole heart and soul to be smiter- as I did" ' (Pg.240) Miss Havisham is very unpredictable and it could be why that I reckon Pip most frequently misunderstands her influences to him. She can be pretty random and she can say random, embarrassing, issuing imperious commands: ' " Sometimes I have sick fancies," she went on, " and I have a sick fancy that I want to see some play... play, play, play!" ' (Pg.59) Now because of her out-of-the-ordinary behaviour the reader can never tell or predict what she will be like. This can confuse Pip's liking for her and then it makes the reader feel sceptical about them. The different element of Pip's personality seems to be constantly in conflict. For example, when he first learns that he has "expectations" of a great fortune, his mind goes off in a dozen different directions- selfishness, joy, guilt, suspicion, embarrassment and fear of his own fortune. ...read more.

Conclusion

Wemmick affects pip because he is like an eccentric figure. The way Wemmick takes care of hi father, his acceptance of the human degradation at Newgate, his light-hearted attitude towards love and marriage, Pip could learn a lot from him. Wemmick gets on with his life because he rises above his problems. From English literature we can be taken back to the nineteenth century and it gives us a chance to reflect how life was. In "Great Expectations" there are a number of orphans, adoptive parents, guardians and failed parent-child relationships. Apart from these, you get mistreated orphans like Pip and Mrs. Joe. At that time nothing much could be done about it. In present day there are child hotlines and anti-child abuse companies willing to change this problem and help. Until today there are still children out there in many parts of the world where they suffer child abuse from their bad parents. Dickens shows this with the characters in the novel. Dickens also tries to portrait lifestyles of different categories of people. It is ranged from the very wealthy to the poor and unhealthy convicts. Nothing much has happened or changed in the world of today but in theory the rich have become richer while the poor have become poorer. The difference is greater and life is difficult. ...read more.

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