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Great Expectations - Compare Pips first and second meetings with the convict Able Magwitch (chapters 1 & 39)

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Introduction

Great Expectations - Compare Pips first and second meeting Able Magwitch (chapters 1 & 39) Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens during the Victorian period, around 1860-61.Dickins today is regarded to be one of the greatest novelists of all time. Great Expectations portrays the predominate themes of a Dickin's novel as its central ideas revolve around the division of rich and poor, and how their status is viewed by the society in which they live. The novel Great Expectations is based upon the life of a young orphaned boy named Pip, whom is brought up by his older sister Mrs Joe Gargery and Mr Joe Gargery his brother in law living in Kent. Pip faced with various different incidents, as well as changes that take place in his life, which then structure his future self, as he grows into a man. Such events include him meeting Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella, all of which have diverse effects on him. Pip is the protagonist and narrator of the novel and is reflecting on his past, explaining his story of his younger self. Pip is passionate, romantic, and somewhat unrealistic at heart, as he tends to expect more for himself than is possible, as he has a powerful conscience, and he deeply wants to improve himself, both morally and socially. He grows up to be a rich arrogant gentleman, influenced by Miss Havisham and his love for Estella. Despite his new lifestyle, he is later reminded in the novel, of his former self. This transformation in Pip, from poor to rich clearly reflects the distinct division and contrast in class throughout the Victorian era. Miss Havisham is a wealthy, eccentric old woman who lives in a manor called Satis House near Pip's village. She is manic and often seems insane, wonders around her house in a faded wedding dress, keeping a decaying feast on her table. ...read more.

Middle

In first meeting Pip is a boy, although in the second he is a gentleman, and it was Magwitch who did this for him, "I've made a gentleman on you!" Magwitch in the second meeting is no longer a convict; he is a feeble yet caring man as it was him who made "Pip, dear boy...a gentleman on you! It's me wot has done it!" Pip now finds out who really is his benefactor, he then realises how he changed "I began to think, that I began fully to know how wretched I was." Here we see the characters change, Magwitch changes for good no longer a convict, as went to Australia where he worked in sheep ranching and earned himself a large fortune. He remembers Pips kindness and help down at the marches and decides to uses it to repay Pip, by using his wealth to make Pip a gentleman. Pip now realises that his mysterious benefactor was not Miss Havisham, but Magwitch. He now understands that he'd changed into a snob thinking all along that Miss Havisham who was his benefactor and it was because of that he thought he had to marry Estella. At the very beginning we learn about Pips family and how his is an orphan living with is older sister who is married to a "blacksmith." This tells us that Pips is a working class boy without any education and is illiterate, also later on in the story he asks Biddy to teach him as he thinks "the best step I could take towards making myself uncommon was to get everything out of Biddy." From his thoughts it is clear that he wishes to be like Biddy and have all the knowledge and education she has. Pip being a working class boy without any education tells us that he would not know to speak formal English, simply because of the society he is brought up in. ...read more.

Conclusion

The story is about a boy called Pip and how he grows with many events taking place in his life changing and adapting him. The most obvious point in the story is how money drastically changes people and in this story, Pip, making a 'snob' out of him. No amount of money makes you a true gentleman, we can spot this from the way Joe even after being degraded by Pip remains a true friend "I felt impatient of him and out of temper with him; in which condition he heaped coals of fire on my head." Joe after making a mistake gets Pip very angry in with he rude snatched the hat away "where I took the liberty of laying hands upon it." Pip being so snobbish and rude finally realises his mistake. Joe even after such events remains a true friend and helps him when he's ill, and think highly of Joe; "I had never been struck at so keenly, for my thanklessness to Joe, as through the brazen impostor Pumblechook. The falser he, the truer Joe; the meaner he, the nobler Joe." Joe is the real gentleman, he don't need money to make him one, simply a kind heart and a caring personality. This story today is very popular as it is relevant to today's issues, as once again many people think money is everything, this book highlights that being rich and high in society is not necessary and that people should not judge someone by there class or amount of money. They should be judged by their qualities and personality and by who they are not what they have or don't have. Dickin's early life is mirrored in Great Expectations and it's a highly autobiographical novel. Dicken's writes Pip to be himself, as Pip works in a job he hates, and feels he is too good for the situation on which he lives. Later he experiences success materially in London at a young age, just as Dickin's did. I think the book has compared the two different characters very well by a mixture of themes making them individual. ...read more.

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