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Great Expectations - What is your view of Pip after he has come into money?

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Introduction

Great Expectations: What is your view of Pip after he has come into money? The main character in the novel Great Expectations is Pip, who throughout his early life tries to climb the social ladder. The main driving force behind this ambition is his shame at having come from an impoverished background. Wealth suddenly came his way via an anonymous benefactor. The initial elation gradually gives way to arrogance. But eventually he comes to realise that no degree of wealth will bring him his one true desire in life; the love of Estella. Pip undergoes many changes in his lifestyle and gradually changes from a warm, kind and giving person at the beginning of the story to a snobbish, arrogant and cold person when he comes into money and then eventually he changes back into that caring and compassionate person he was before his newfound riches. ...read more.

Middle

Perhaps if Pip had known the source of his sudden prosperity he may have dwelled a little on the circumstances and been a little more humble about his newfound status in society. This isn't the case however and Pip squanders a large portion of the money given to him by Magwitch. Pip's main aim in life is too achieve a higher social status, he believes that this would be easier for him because of his wealth, but he is mistaken. He may have been better off money wise but this didn't increase his popularity with the young up and coming gentlemen around him. His peers. The people he admired. The people whom he aimed to emulate. These very same people ridiculed him because of his upbringing, i.e. ...read more.

Conclusion

During this latter part of the book Pip goes through many traumas. He is nearly murdered. He is badly burned while rescuing Miss Havisham from the burning Satis House and he is with Magwitch when he dies. While he is dying, Pip tells Magwitch that his daughter - who turns out to be none other than Estella - is still alive. Joe, whom Pip has more or less rejected comes and looks after Pip when he is ill. All these events are emotional events and contribute to Pip's change of outlook on life and his realisation that the people he admired in London, despite their wealth and status, are not really worthy of that admiration. Gaining sudden wealth had a major impact on Pip's character, but that impact was proven to be only superficial. His true personality was actually moulded by the series of dramas that were enacted throughout the story. Oliver Buckley 10B English ...read more.

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