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Explore Pip’s relationship with Joe and Magwitch and look at how his attitude towards these two characters changes during novel

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Explore Pip's relationship with Joe and Magwitch and look at how his attitude towards these two characters changes during novel In the novel Great Expectations one of the major influences on the main character is Joe Gargery. Pip lives with his sister because both of his parents are dead. Joe is Pip's sister's husband and owns the house in which the three of them live. He is quite a simple man; he has received very little education and is a blacksmith by trade. Before he goes to London Pip is Joe's apprentice. At the beginning of the book Pip and Joe are quite equal, Pip describes Joe and himself as being, "fellow sufferers". This is a reference to Pip's sister Mrs Joe's strict house keeping. She takes charge over both of them, for instance when Mrs Joe thought that Pip had bolted his food instead of just giving him a medicine for it, both Pip and Joe received a dose of tar water. As Pip recalls, "a pint of the mixture was poured down my throat. Joe got off with half a pint." It appears as though she treats them both like children. It actual fact they do behave slightly like it. ...read more.


Perhaps Joe coming to visit reminds him of thing which he does not want to remember. When Joe visits Pip is very impatient and quick to find fault in his every move. He insults the way Joe dresses, "Why should a man scrape himself to that extent, before he could consider himself to be fully dressed?" and his table manners, "(Joe) dropped so much more than he ate, and pretended that he hadn't dropped it;". Pip is embarrassed that his housemate, Herbert, will see Joe's bad table manners and so Pip, "was glad when Herbert left us for the city." It appears that Joe is aware of this new difference between them. Pip no longer acts like they are equal. Joe leaves quite soon, this maybe because he can feel that Pip is rather inpatient with him. As he leaves he says, "You and me is not two figures to be together in London." After Joe departs, Pip realizes that he has acted foolishly and tries to catch up with Joe, "but he was gone." Pip learns that his benefactor is the convicted criminal that he helped out of pure terror as a child. Pip had thought that it was Miss Havisham., "Miss Havisham's intentions towards me, all a mere dream;". ...read more.


Provis." Magwitch has been arrested and is very ill in prison Pip visits him. He understands why Magwitch wanted to help him. Magwitch does not know his child at all but before he dies Pip tells him, "She is a lady and very beautiful." Pip reassures Magwitch that his daughter was not completely lost when she was adopted. Pip is no longer afraid of Magwitch and appears to feel sorry for him in both the way he visits him while he is ill and then, when he passes away, Pip says, "Lord, be merciful" he appears finally to be thankful to Magwitch for what he did for him. Pip becomes very ill and Joe comes to London to look after him, Pip finally gets a chance to talk to Joe. He tries to tell Joe that he was sorry for the way in which he acted, "Look angry at me, Joe. Strike me Joe. Tell me of my ingratitude. Don't be so good to me" He wants Joe to be angry with him so that he can explain his actions but as Joe tells him later in the book, when they are back at the forge, "God knows I ...forgive you, if I have anything to forgive," Joe realizes that people often make mistakes and because of this he forgives Pip for his. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bethan Morgan ...read more.

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