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How does Pip change in part 1 of Great Expectations? What characters and events influence his development?

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How does Pip change in part 1 of Great Expectations? What characters and events influence his development? Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations in mid Victorian England in 1861. This was a time of great change because people where being sorted into classes. English middle classes began to rise. Also the novel reflects people moving from the countryside to the city at that time. Provides, historical and social contexts and people change industrial revolution. Great Expectations deals with the social changes during the time it was written. Some of the main concerns are to be rich, to be loved, to be admired and to be happy. It is a fictional Victorian novel. In this essay, I will be looking at how Pip changes in part 1 of Great Expectations. We first meet Pip at the beginning of the book, at the graveyard. It is Christmas Eve. Pip describes the scenery as around the graveyard as "the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea." He is visiting his dead parents and his five dead brothers. ...read more.

Middle

He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow - a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness." This is different from Mrs Joe; she is "with black hair and eyes, had such a prevailing redness of skin that I sometimes used to wonder whether it was possible she washed herself with a nutmeg-grater instead of soap. She was tall, bony and almost always wore a coarse apron, fastened over her figure behind with two loops, and having a square impregnable bib in front, that was stuck full of pins and needles." She treats Pip like her own son. She sometimes hits him with a "ticker". Pip is worried about getting the food for Magwitch. He wants to get it done with without anyone finding out. At the start of the book Pip expects, as a young man, to grow up to be working class, be a blacksmith like his uncle and marry a village girl. The suspense is building up about Christmas day and Pip is getting worried that he is going to get caught. At the Christmas dinner we meet Uncle Pumblechook, he is Joe's uncle. Mrs Joe appropriated him, but Pip sees him as a large hard-breathing middle-aged slow man, with a mouth like a fish, dull staring eyes, and sandy hair standing upright on his head." ...read more.

Conclusion

Biddy teaches him 'letters'. Pip treats Biddy like Joe. The time with Miss Havisham and Estella changes Pip, he becomes less mature, more arrogant, loses his self-confidence and sees himself as poor. He wants to be a gentleman. A gentleman was someone who was upper class and rich. Pip wants to become one because he wants to marry Estella, as he thinks she is upper class. Pip has changed since the beginning; he used to be a easily frightened little boy and now he is a mature gentleman. His views of other people has changed too. Pip's relationship with Joe, at the end of the first part is good. He does not want to leave Joe and go to the city. He looks up to Joe and treats him like a friend. But when Pip goes to London, and Joe comes to visit him he calls Pip 'Sir'. Joe has a talk with Pip and leaves. They are not as close to each other as before. This tells us that Pip has changed from a village working class boy, to a gentleman. Pip feels embarrassed by Biddy and Joe he tries to keep his distance from them because he is embarrassed because Pip is living in London and he doesn't want anybody to know that his sister's husband is a blacksmith. ?? ?? ?? ?? Moynul Alom - 11R - English Coursework - Mr Smith 1 ...read more.

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