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Great expectations Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel The novel Great Expectations is centred on the child protagonist, Pip. The novel is known as a bildungsroman. A bildungsroman is a novel which traces the Spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character from (usually) childhood to maturity. The novel is set in the mid-1800s, and written in the first-person from the perspective of Pip. Pip, which comes from a working class family (in those days) develops a burning desire to become a gentleman due to his love for Estella, whom he meets in the mysterious house of Miss Havisham. This then becomes a responsibility when he discovers that he has a benefactor. Pip develops because he's discontented with his own home and wants to become part of the higher class of society. The novel deals with his feelings about himself and the environment around him. He sets out on a journey, ordained by his secret benefactor, to become the gentleman he dreamt of being. However, this change of life leads him to look down on his home and relatives, especially Joe, who becomes heartbroken; and Pip is forced to reassess his priorities and feelings at the end of the novel. ...read more.


This technique encourages the reader to feel sorry for him and anxious for him as well. During chapter eight Pip visits Miss Havisham and Stella as Uncle Pumblechook arranged for Pip to go and play there. When Pip is in Satis House, he's character is in contrast to Estella and Miss Havisham. His low class is established through the way he looks and talks compared with Miss Havisham and Estella. The difference in their classes can be seen clearly, as Miss Havisham uses words such as 'obstinate' and 'melancholy' to intricate the sentences with big words. On the contrary, Pip replies back with monosyllabic such as 'yes ma'am' or 'no' the language technique portrays the difference between the low class and upper class during those times. Pip is immediately seen as a working class boy as he walks into the satin house as Pip is surprised as he sees "furniture,", "much of it was of forms and uses the quite unknown," to him, this definitely made Pip feel out of place. Like the other rich women at the mid 1800s Miss Havisham is also dressed in 'rich materials' while Pip was dressed in his 'coarse boots'. ...read more.


The education that Pip got was very poor and he has to live in harsh social conditions. During the start of the novel Pip is a very delicate child for instance he cries and he is easily scared. For example in the second chapter he fears by saying 'I was in mortal terror of the young man who wanted my heart and liver' this suggests that Pip was very gullible as a young child. However as time changed he changed as we see a different side of him as he became a different person with money and fame. We follow his desire though love, family, friendship and money. Through out the book we see that Dickens establishes young Pip's individuality through language techniques such as imagery and bildungsroman (vulnerability). During the first part of the book Pip was portrayed as an innocent and vulnerable child who gained a lot of sympathy from the reader. Dickens wrote the book 'Great Expectation' in first person this enables the reader to help establish more about Pip's character and also a close relationship which graves the reader's attention making them more interested. The link to bildungsroman allows the Dickens to successfully show Pip's character as the audience sympathise and also support Pip while he is selfish and mocking. ...read more.

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