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How does Dickens show compassion for Pip in the opening parts of Great Expectations? In Great Expectations, Dickens shows compassion for Pip in many ways.

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How does Dickens show compassion for Pip in the opening parts of Great Expectations? In Great Expectations, Dickens shows compassion for Pip in many ways. It may be through the way the story turns out. It may be how he reacts with the other characters or the way the other characters react with him and what he does. For example Dickens shows compassion from page 1. It quite clearly states on the first page that Pip's parents are both dead. This is a historical fact of the times and it was not uncommon for children to be orphans, obviously due to poorer state of health care in the Victorian ages and the people having less knowledge on medicine, life expectancy was a lot lower. " As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of them either (for these days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding of what they were like was from their tombstones." ...read more.


This shows compassion to Pip as Dickens lets him go free for the time being. Dickens again shows compassion for Pip a little further on in the book at page 7, when Pip returns from the moors to his house and his sister is out looking for him and his been for quite a considerable amount of time. "Mrs. Joe has been out dozens of times, looking for you Pip. And now she's out making it a bakers dozen" This quote shows compassion for Pip because he obviously has people around him who care for him, because otherwise she would have been looking for him. Even though the character may not be very compassionate on the outside when she finally finds Pip. "Where have you been, you young monkey?" said Mrs. Joe stamping her foot. " Tell me directly what you've been doing to wear me away with fret and fright". This shows compassion to the character from Dickens because even though the may have bin told off severely, the fact that is says "fret and fright" show the Mrs. ...read more.


I also believe he is shown compassion in this quote because instead of shouting at Pip he talks to him and tries to make him see the error of his ways. I think this shows compassion as during these times the man of the house would probably wanted to have stamped his authority on the situation and exerted himself more. Whereas I feel Joe talks to him with a lot more compassion. My final point about Dickens showing compassion is the fact that Pip manages to get away with stealing the food for the convict from his house, which they hardly had any of. The way Mrs Joe Gargery reacts though when she discovers the food was gone was not uncommon. This is because pre 1914, a family who was being kept by a blacksmith would have probably taking in very little money and would have needed every morsel of food they could obtain. I feel this shows compassion because if Dickens had no compassion for this character he would have let him be caught. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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