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Expectations of Pip in the novel Great Expectations

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In the novel 'Great Expectations', the central character Pip has many expectations thrust upon him by others, as well as himself, from a very early age. What do we discover about these expectations and the characters who 'demand' great things of Pip and does he live up to the expectations of himself and others? In the novel 'Great Expectations', many characters have expectations in Pip. When Pip was young, his expectation for himself was to grow up to be Joe's apprentice and to make Joe and his wife happy. When Pip becomes a bit older and after he meets Estella, his expectation is to become a gentleman and to prove to her that he is not just a "common working boy". Most of the characters that have expectations in Pip, expect him to become a gentleman, but there are other expectations as well. Mrs. Joe Gargery is Pip's sister who brought him up 'by hand'. She expects a lot from Pip. ...read more.

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"I can see you now, with your strong blacksmith's arm in front of your eyes, and your shoulders shaking, and tears on your cheeks." Said Pip about Joe. He soon realizes that this is for the best. Miss Havisham expects Pip to be a source of entertainment for Estella. This is why she invites him into her house and asks him to play cards with Estella. She also expects him to fall in love with Estella, so that she can later break his heart. She expects Pip to be a tool for her revenge on the man that broke her hopes and dreams when she was in love. Miss Havisham also expects him to become a gentleman in order for Estella to be amused by him, but also for his own good! Estella is the beautiful but cold girl that Pip falls in love with. She does not have many expectations of Pip. She wants him to be a source of entertainment to her and for him to fall in love with her. ...read more.

Conclusion

After he returns from Miss Havisham's house for the first time, he is down about the fact that he is just a simple boy and through out his childhood and adolescence he is determined to do his best to become an educated gentleman. When he becomes Joe's apprentice, he does that to make Joe happy, but it is not what will make Pip happy. Towards the end of the novel, Pip meets some of the expectations of himself and others. He becomes a gentleman like he wanted, like Joe, Mrs. Joe, Miss Havisham, Magwitch and many others wanted. Although one of the expectations that he did not meet was being with the love of his life, Estella. She marries another man and Pip was not the man in her life. This is not a problem for Pip though, because towards the end of the novel, Pip and Estella become friends and Pip realizes he does not have to prove himself to her. Pip becomes an educated gentleman and earns enough money to support the people he loves. ...read more.

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