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Great Expectations: Pip

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Great Expectations: Pip In this novel Pip is the one who develops the most, he starts as a "small bundle of shivers" and transforms into a mature man with a string sense of loyalty, justice and honesty. His role as the narrator in the novel is of fundamental importance to the way we learn about Pip. As a child he is intelligent and imaginative but is also sensitive, timid and guilt-ridden. His contacts with Miss Havisham and Estella and his 'great expectations' create a dissatisfaction, which leads to snobbery and embarrassment by Joe. In spite of this he retains the sympathy of the reader because of the cruel and twisted ways of Miss Havisham and Estella. The main point that I would criticise about Pip is becomes embarrassed of Joe on two occasions. The first time was when Joe and Pip visit Miss Havisham about Pip's indentures. Pip is ashamed of Joe's appearance in his clothes Pip describes him as, "Some extraordinary bird...with tuft of feathers, and his mouth open, as if he wanted a worm." ...read more.


He realises that it does not matter how people dress it is what is inside that counts. On many occasion Pip thinks that Joe and Biddy are jealous of him. Firstly when Pip realises that has great expectations he thinks that Joe and Biddy are jealous of him when really they are just sad that he will be leaving home. This is shown when he says, "They both heartily congratulated me; but there was a certain touch of sadness in their congratulations that I rather resented." Another time was when he leaves home he says to Biddy, "You are envious, Biddy, and grudging. You are dissatisfied on account of my rise in fortune, and can't help showing it." I think this is the worst of Pip here because he thinks that he is superior to Biddy. Even the older Pip criticises himself saying that he was speaking "in a virtuous and superior tone." ...read more.


Here I admire Pip because he criticises himself saying that Biddy was right and that he could not keep his promise to visit Joe. I admired the younger Pip when him and Joe went on the hunt to find the convicts and Pip said, "I hope, Joe, we shan't find them." This shows how caring and understanding Pip is because he Pip does not judge them on how the dress and probably understands that they have been badly treated. It also shows that Pip does not hold rancour against someone because he does not say that he hope that Magwitch should be put in jail. Pip's kindness is also shown again when he forgives Miss Havisham although he does not say the words 'I forgive you' I get the impression that he forgives her anyway. This is because it says, "I learned over her and touched her lips with mine." The most admirable quality in Pip is that he is a great friend to Herbert because he spends his birthday money on a business for Herbert. ...read more.

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