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Great Expectations - Is Pip a snob?

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Q: Is Pip a snob? Pip, when he was a boy, knew nothing of the 'high life'. Right at the beginning of the story Pip was caught by Abel Magwitch and Able forced Pip to help him. When Pip does, it was one of the best, or the worst events of his life. When Miss Havisham pays Pip to play at her house he got a glimpse of the high life and he wanted more of it. At his home Mrs Joe always pout him down, she hit him and made Pip hate her. That probably encouraged Pip to want the high life even more. At Satis House the whole house had fallen into decay and neglect but Pip always described it to Mrs Joe as the grandest house on the world just to make Mrs Joe envious of him. ...read more.


Pip doesn't like him. Pip is feeling really downtrodden when suddenly Mrs Joe dies and Pip goes back for the funeral. Pip is quite sad for this happening. Then Pip does a really, well, snobbish thing. He won't stay with Joe in his won house! That is totally out of order. He is staying at a friend's somewhere else thinking that he is too high to stay at the little cottage Joe now owns. When Abel dies Pip loses all the money which was coming in. Because of that Pip gets really drunk and he puts all his bills in his window. Because of his debts the bailiffs come and throw him into jail. ...read more.


He is in the middle and he is thought very highly of. Even Joe calls him Mr Pip. He is not what you can call a good person because he would not even stay in the same house as his brother in law when his wife has just dies but then you can't call hima bad person because he did what he was told especailly by Mrs Joe. When Pip has got out of jail he goes to see Biddy and he finds that she is getting married to Joe! Pip is actually quite gutted although he does try not to show it. My answer to the question: is Pip a snob? Is: yes, I do think he is a snob at heart but that is only when he sees the high life and enjoys it. ...read more.

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