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Great Expectations -How Pip changes throughout the novel

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Great Expectations - How Pip changes throughout the novel The story is set in a dark and dreary graveyard where we meet Pip, he is sitting by his parents grave on Christmas Eve, he was a fragile and lonely little boy. He seemed to be all alone and and not a child with such a great childhood, but not very many people those days had a happy childhood unless they were quite well off. Pip seems caught up in the death of his parents and he was always trying to picture them by the way the tombstone is written and the inscriptions given, as in those days photographs weren't the in things in those days. 'my fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones . The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, 'Also Georgina Wife of the Above,' I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly.' We gathered that he lost his parents at a very young age and we know this because he is only seven or eight years old, since his parents died and his older sister had to look after him, which she was never to happy about, she was also married to the blacksmith, Joe. Pip's sister has no respect for him and she is constantly beating him up with a wax-ended piece of cane and they reffered to it as the 'Tickler', not only would she beat up and bully Pip but, her own husband,Joe, too. 'she brought me up 'by hand'. Having at the time to find out what the expression meant, and knowing her to have a very hard and heavy hand, and to be much in the habit of laying it upon her husband as well as upon me,'. ...read more.


Pip seeks help from Biddy on how to become a gentleman, but Biddy doesn't see the point in changing to be someone who your not for someone else. Pip sees Miss Havisham as the way into Estella because Miss Havisham has money, status and is also a lady. Pip wants to believe that Miss Havisham is giving Pip money because he thinks that she is trying to prepare him to be a gentlemen so that he can court Estella. Miss Havisham is aware that she is leading him on but still continues to do so, she has become cruel and playing with anyones head is cruel. When Joe goes to visit Pip in London, Pip has over the years of staying in London become a total snob and looks down at his nose at Joe, but he seems to forget that, that was him a few years back. Pip doesn't like the fact that Joe is so common and he doesn't like that fact anymore. Whilst Joe was there Pip treated the only person, who was really there for him throughout everything, like dirt. Pip had also forgot those days where Joe had bin there for him and stood by him. Pip spends most of his time in London to be more like a gentleman he needs all the help he can get, because it is harder to adapt to a different way of life espscially when you haven't been brought up in that way. Pip as a gentleman in London has a better status than he had before when ne was a common boy making the living of a blacksmith but at least doing that he had more respect as a person and as a family member. I think he is half way there to getting a good life and he can do this by getting the respect back off Joe and Biddy. ...read more.


Pip believes that when someone goes out of their way to help you, you should go out of your way to help them. Pips even went as far as thinking about moving to Australia just to get Magwitch back safely. Pip had to get his priorities sorted and to get Magwitch out of England and into Australia was his top priority He has also learnt that Magwitch looked out for him and now it is his turn to return the favour. This tells us that Pip has taken into consideration that he must think of other people's feelings and needs before his own. When Pip falls ill and Joe has to take him home to look after him. Pip had at this point realised that the person he like dirt and treated him as though he is not worth anything and this is the person who is looking after Pip while he is not well and while Pip was younger him and Joe were best friends then. 'Dear Biddy, you have the best husband in the whole world, and if you could have seen him by my bed you would have' With Pip realising that how great Joe had actually been throughout all this and how he had treated him. I think Pip and Estella got married because Estella has been brought down to earth after she knew what her background really was. and realised that she is as much as a lady as Pip a gentleman. She is as 'common' as Pip now. Pip's journey through life started at a graveyard where he had not much expectancy from life. He did go through a lot of experiences such as having fallen in love and not long after having his heart broken. He had to change who he was, to become something he wasn't and this wasn't for himself, but for the one he loved, Estella. Pip has now also learnt that there is more to life than money and status one of the most important things in life is to be a descent human being, and Pip learnt this the hard way! ...read more.

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