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How does Dickens establish the development of Pip at the start of Great Expectations

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How does Dickens establish the development of Pip at the start of Great Expectations? Great Expectation is a novel written in Victorian England, which revolves around a young orphan called Pip. Who is disturbed to meet an escaped convict; Magwitch an encounter that briefly haunts his life .Which later unexpectedly turns his life right around by being his mysterious benefactor, which he later snobbishly abandons his friends for London society. This is links to a bildungsroman as we read his social and psychological journey from an orphan to a young man. Dickens explores aspects of Victorian England such as education and the penal system in England showing how much law and order was an ordinary part of people's life like the gibbets' which surrounds their every-day environment. This could symbolize how Dickens feels that the system does not work and by surrounding people with remainders people were be scared into doing the right thing. ...read more.


After his encounter with Magwitch the convict, we learn he is fearful and guilty after stealing from his sister "my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the Turks connotes that he feels guilty for doing something which is sacrificing him to the prison ships. The feeling of vulnerably is shown in the setting by using the weather; it is described as miserable and dark. "The mist was heavier "this could symbolize his heavy conscience asking him wheatear he did the right thing or not? A sense of evil is present is suggested. "Some goblin" as goblin is associated with evil this could signify that Pip thinks what he doing is wrong. In addition, this could signify that Dickens also feels that Victorian society itself is corrupt and immora. He places the goblin outside. In chapter, eight it is the first time in the story that Pip starts to explore the Victorian social hierarchy and starts to wonder where he is and why. ...read more.


"I wish you hadn't taught me to call knaves at cards jacks!" he believes that Joe made him a lower class and inferior to Estella. We also notice that Pip no longer confides in Joe. "I am glad to know that I never breathed a murmur to Joe while my indentures lasted." The fact the Pip did not talk about anything but the apprenticeship. Contrasts with how they use to look out for each other "Yes Pip....she's got the Tickler with her" this connotes that Pip no -longer sees Joe as an equal but as an inferior like he feels around Miss Havishams'. Overall, Pip's identity has changed from a carefree sensitive boy to a young man who un-regrettably leaves his friends for London society, who has gain "Great Expectations" by inheriting a large sum of money and entering English aristocracy. When Dickens is describing how English upper and lower class differs. which links, to, Dickens commenting on social conditions and desire by following Pip's desires from happily living at home to craving approval of Estella and Miss Havisham. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sahra Mohamed 10N ...read more.

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