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How does Dickens show tension in the relationship between Joe and Pip when Joe comes to visit Pip in London?

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How does Dickens show tension in the relationship between Joe and Pip when Joe comes to visit Pip in London? Throughout the book of great expectations the relationship between Joe and Pip changed in many ways. This extract is a real turning point and highlights some key points to do with their relationship and is where they grow very far apart and part to different social classes. Dickens shows tension in the relationship between Pip and Joe when Joe came to visit Pip in his apartment In London. It shows this when Pip describes the looks of Joe while at the dinner table. ...read more.

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Sir shows a much higher level of authority and this should be the other way round as Joe is significantly older. When you get to the end of their encounter you can feel that the tension has built up extremely high. Pip in the end cannot even look at Joe. ?I was so unwilling to see the look again, that I made no remonstrance against this tone.? This shows that he knows that he has been mean to Joe but that he doesn?t want to admit it. At this point Joe leaves which shows that Joe defiantly must feel unwanted and out of his comfort zone. ...read more.

Conclusion

Joe clearly states his tension between him and Pip when he is about to leave. He says ?I should not have had the honour of breaking wittles in the company and abode of gentlemen.? This again shows that he feels he doesn?t deserve to be in the company of wealthy people. It is very controversial because Pip isn?t very much of a gentleman in this meeting and isn?t very supportive of Joe in many ways. Joe says that it was honourable to meet Pip which shows that they don?t have a close relationship and do not feel they can talk casually to each other. Overall, I would say that Joe and Pip have a very tense relationship when they meet at the apartment. Dickens has highlighted this in many ways and has used a number of techniques to support this. ...read more.

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