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Great Expectations - Explore the ways in which Pip's character changes and develops during the course of the novel.

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Introduction

Explore the ways in which Pip's character changes and develops during the course of the novel. Introduction. This novel deals with the way Pip changes and develops during the course of the novel because of his experiences throughout his life; he is changing from a child into an adult, which takes time. During this time Pip experiences big emotional changes. This novel was successful because it dealt with Pip growing up. It also created tension and entertainment, which made it more interesting. A novel needs changes because otherwise no one would read it and it would be boring. Charles Dickens has written this novel to criticize the Victorian people because of class prejudice and the justice system. He disapproves on the way people are classed such as snobbery, wealthy, class and justice. He also thinks that the prison systems are unfair and strict. Dickens has written this novel to express his views and the way he sees the Victorian society. Pip, as we first see him. At the beginning of the novel, when we first meet Pip, he is a quiet and polite young boy. Pip is common and na�ve because he has had no education. He is confused with his family because his mother and father, with five of his little brothers are dead. ...read more.

Middle

Pip isn't able to manage his money at first so Wemmick and Jaggers help him. Pip has to live with Herbert Pocket (the same boy he fought with, when they were younger). Herbert has to teach Pip how to behave like a gentleman. Herbert tells Pip about Miss Havisham's life, when she was jilted at the alter by Compeyson. This has badly effected Miss Havisham because she wears the same clothes, she hates daylight and she never does anything except from talk and walk around. She now wants to seek revenge on all the male sex and she has brought Estella up with no heart so that she can break men's hearts. Estella now shows no affection because she doesn't know what it is. Pip becomes very ignorant and na�ve because he still thinks that Miss Havisham is his benefactor even though he knows what Miss Havisham has been through. When Pip gets the letter from Biddy, he is very unhappy because he is a high class compared to Joe and Joe will embarrass him and he is ashamed. Pip doesn't want Joe to visit him but it's too late to say "If I could have kept him away by paying money, I certainly would have paid money". ...read more.

Conclusion

At the start of the novel, Pip is very happy, polite and caring but when he visits Miss Havisham, he learns about class and he starts to worry about his class (common) and the society he lives in. After a few years when Pip is apprenticed to Joe, Pip becomes very unhappy and dissatisfied with his life, and with Joe. When Pip is told he is to become a gentleman, he ignores Joe and becomes very selfish and horrible to the people he loves. As Pip becomes a gentleman and he becomes wealthier, he changes and he becomes na�ve because he thinks that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, when she isn't. Pip becomes very unhappy and ashamed of Joe and he doesn't want to bother with Joe and Biddy anymore. Pip's lowest point in time was when he finds out that Miss Havisham isn't his benefactor and that Magwitch is. All of Pip's good and bad experiences teach Pip a lesson and because of this Pip has matured, he wise and he has developed a lot. Pip's character changes from happy and caring to a very unhappy, selfish character but he manages to become happy and caring again because of Magwitch. We assume that Pip and Estella shall be together and married "I saw no shadow of another parting from her". At the end of the novel this is a reward for Pip because he has helped Magwitch. ...read more.

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