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How Does Dickens' Presentation of Pip as a young boy contrast to Pip as an Adult? Great Expectations is one of Charles Dickens most famous Bildungsroman novel. This story is serialised in journals from 1860 - 1861. It was published chapter at a time therefore would leave every chapter at a cliff-hanger. Due to this novel being published in journals it made this semi-autobiographical narrative available to the mass of people; soaring its popularity. The main theme of this novel is associated with the main factors of Victorian era; Being Gentlemen; Education and Crime and Punishment. Dickens was a social observer and would therefore base his narratives on his concerns for the social laws. Great Expectations was an example of this. This story is based on Pip, the main character, and how his life changes as he comes into possession of a lot of money from an unknown benefactor breaking the wall of social mobility on his way to become a Gentleman. The whole essay shows the retrospective view of Pip looking back on his life. Furthermore most of the events experience by Pip could also be his past experiences. This is why 'Great Expectations' is Charles Dickens most semi-autobiographical piece of writing. This general aim of this essay is to describe the way Pip was presented as a young boy and later on in his life by this worldwide known author, Charles Dickens. ...read more.


It orders Pip to get him food and a file. It shows the commanding role that Magwitch is playing at this moment in the novel. As mentioned above it shows this man is very violent as he says he will 'have his heart and liver out' if the file and food is not delivered. In order to give the food and file to the convict it meant that Pip had to steal. This was his first piece of crime. The readers are left with the question 'Will there be more crime to come from Pip?' Also the aspect of crime and punishment was very important in this story as well as in the Victorian Crime. A petty crime such as theft could lead to being jailed or a deportation to Australia for a minimum of 7 years. The second key aspect of the novel that is going to be focussed on is when Joe visits Pip in London followed by Pips and Magwitch's second meeting. Firstly Pip was visited by Joe for the first time after his move to London in chapter 27. Stated in the letter form Biddy was "I write this by the request of Mr Gargery, for to let you know that he is going to London..... ...read more.


Even then Pip had change to a great extent that he rejected his benefactor through snobbery. (He was ashamed classing his money as. Charles Dickens through Magwitch's revelation made Pip comprehend that as well as his money, his upper class status was derived from a lowly source.) However Pip changed greatly within the previous section out of this three-tiered novel. Pip was put across as a thoughtful and matured character compared to who he was in the middle section of the Bildungsroman. "I would go to Biddy that I would show her humbled and repentant I came back". Pip was planning to the future as this would help him become more successful. He was willing to give up his dream of pursuing Estella's love to grant Biddy's wish and marry her. The reformation of Pip is further emphasized by the word 'humbled'. It was very doubtful for upper-class gentlemen to show humbleness to working class women. Also he was willing to repent to Biddy which was a huge variation to that snobbish character that Pip was before the illness. It was common in the genre of Victorian literature to reform a character after an illness or an event, this technique applied to Pip in this narrative. Charles Dickens used this technique many times. A good example is of 'Scrooge' in 'A Christmas Carol'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohammed Pandor 10H GCSE English Lit/Lang Coursework ...read more.

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