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How does Dickens' presentation of Pip as a young boy Compare to Pip as an adult?

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"Great Expectations" Kelly Dicks How does Dickens' presentation of Pip as a young boy Compare to Pip as an adult? In this essay, I will compare the presentation of Pip as a young boy with that of Pip as an adult in "Great Expectations." This novel is about a young orphan boy Pip who is given great expectations, when an unknown benefactor gives him money to become a gentleman. In the process he travels to London, deserting the people who care for him. This is a typical Victorian novel in that it has sentimental deathbed scenes such as Magwhich's which is a turning point in Pips journey of realisation and self discovery. The novel was originally published in 1860, in instalments, thus explaining the apparently slow pace when read as a complete novel by a modern reader. I have chosen to focus on the relationship between Pip and his sister's husband, Joe. The first scene I will consider is that of Pips leaving home to travel to London, I will then look at how Pip is ashamed Joe being uneducated. I will then look at Joes' visiting Pip in London, to see Pips reaction and attitude. Finally, I will focus on Joe coming to London to look after Pip whom is ill and in debt; I will look at how Pip is presented. Charles Dickens' begins the novel with a very dramatic opening in the grave yard in which the small Pip is looking at the gravestones of his parents and thinking ...read more.


When Joe arrives Pip knows instantly that it is him from the; "clumsy manner of coming upstairs." This is due to the fact that Joes' boots are too big for him, this shows poverty and dickens' now creates pathos around the figure of Joe. When Joe finally enters Pip's apartment it is obvious how over whelmed Joe is by the manner in which he grasps Pips hands and works up and down; "as if I had been the last patented pump." This imagery adds to the comic element of the novel. Dickens uses such vivid imagery to show how Pip finds Joe's lack of mature ness hilarious, which presents him as quite an insensitive and cold person. Dickens uses further imagery when describing Joes' hat as a 'birds' nest' I this chapter Pip is mocking Joe's nervousness in the presence of a 'gentleman.' Pip does little to make him relaxed, which suggests he feels this barrier between them is fitting and correct. The divide between Pip and Joe is evident form their dialog, such as when Joe refer to Pip as "sir," Joe is very tense as he is desperate to fit in with these upper class gentlemen; this is shown when he tries to use long words such as; "architectorial." They are no longer close friends. Pip notices Joe is uncomfortable through the way he is dressed. Pip wonders to himself: "why should a man scrape himself to that extent before he considers himself as fully dressed?" ...read more.


In London he mixes with wealthy but worthless people, Pip I convinced that his new found wealth has made him a gentleman and therefore superior. Dickens shows us how wealth brings out the worst in other characters as well; Pumblechook acts disgustingly when he takes Pip out to dinner and insists on taking his hand; previously Pumblechook treats Pip as though he is dirt.. Wealth brings out the worst in Pip, and it is his suffering which makes him a better person. Ironically, the two natural "gentlemen" in the novel are Pip's surrogate father, Joe and Magwitch, both of whom he rejects in the false idea that they are not good enough for him. Joes' forge, were Pip grows up, a place where thins are made, shaped and given a purpose- it is always warm, in terms of temperature and emotions, Joe is warm and affectionate, as is Pip when he was a boy. When Pip comes into contact with Satis house, money and people with a higher class, this drives out the warmth in him and he becomes, for a while in the middle of the novel, an ungrateful, unfeeling person who despises those he should value and love. Throughout the novel Pip changes a developed greatly, Joe does not change, he is steady and simple and for this reason is obviously admired by Dickens. Dickens believes that the best teaching is suffering, Pip worked very hard to rebuild all the bridges between himself and his acquaintances; consequently, he ends up surrounded by people who truly love him. Pip suffered greatly but was greatly rewarded. ...read more.

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