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Great Expectations: Pip's Character Change

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Great Expectations: Pip's Character Change Discuss Pip's character and how it develops when he grows older. Concentrate on his childhood and refer constantly to the text to justify your argument through an analysis of style of Dickens's writing Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a compelling story rich in friendship, love and fortune. The main character, Pip, is a dynamic character that undergoes many changes through the course of the book and throughout this analysis, the character Pip, will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be quoted and explained. The main character, Pip, is a gentle character. His traits include humbleness, kindness, and lovingness and these traits are most likely the cause of his childhood poverty and appreciating life where it stands. In the beginning of the story, Pip is a mild mannered little boy who goes on with his own humble life but this changes as he meets Magwitch, a thief and future benefactor. Pip's kindness goes out to help the convict, Magwitch when he gives food and clothing to him. Magwitch tells Pip that he'll never forget his kindness and will remember Pip always and forever and this is the beginning of Pip's dynamic change. ...read more.

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The expectations that cause Pip's character to become less likable are those that he develops after being introduced to Miss Havisham and Estella. During his first visit to Miss Havisham's house, Estella, who considers herself too high class and elegant to associate with a common boy, mocks and tells Pip off badly. Strangely, Pip seems to fall in love with Estella during that first meeting. He even admits to Miss Havisham that he thinks her adopted daughter is not only "very proud" and "very insulting," but also "very pretty" and that he should "like to see her again" After just one afternoon at their house, Pip develops a desire to become more acceptable to Estella, in hopes that her cold, uncaring attitude towards him would change. As a result, while walking back to the house, Pip begins to feel ashamed of his life. His mind is filled with regretful thoughts such as "That I was a common labouring-boy; that my hands were coarse; that my boots were thick; and generally that I was in a low-lived bad way" Pip realises that his personality and outlook on his life is changing as he states "That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me" And this is a significant ...read more.

Conclusion

love Estella Pip falls in love with her again even though she explains that she cannot feel any feelings for him "I took her hand in mine and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw the shadow of no parting from her." This shows that Pip has finally cleared up his thoughts in life and it shows that after everything he has been through, Pip finally reaches his goal. In conclusion when commenting on Pip's dynamic character change, earlier in his life, he had changed from an innocent, caring boy into an arrogant young man as a result of his non-realistic hopes and expectations. However, when those expectations come to an end, so do his undesirable traits, as he is shown to be a good person I believe Charles Dickens novel writing is amazing and despite not liking the book at first, when constantly analysing each page etc, I believe the story was cleverly written and Pip's turn around in character is very interesting, as analysed above in this essay. Charles Dickens is a genius! ...read more.

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