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How has the relationship changed between Pip and Joe Gargery?

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Introduction

How has the relationship changed between Pip and Joe Gargery? The relationship between Pip and Joe changes dramatically. As Pip gets older and has turned into a gentleman, Joe has stayed the same, with his clumsy actions and lack of manners. This creates a divide between what used to be a loving relationship. When Pip was a small boy, he felt close to Joe, as Joe was like a father figure and Pip looked up to him. This meant that Joe and Pip had a very strong bond and they were very close. They also shared similarities, as they both had to face being beaten with the `tickler' by Mrs Joe Gargery. This brought them closer together. It also shows that there are no complications in their relationship and they find it easy to communicate with one another. Joe loves and cares for Pip so much that he would take all the pain from the `tickler' instead of Pip taking it. This shows the great admiration Joe has for Pip. Pip has a lot of respect for Joe. It shows this when he spends 1-2 hours on the letter he wrote about him. ...read more.

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They do this whilst having dinner. They talk over the table, this shows a strong bond between them. It is also like a link or a special connection between the two of them. When Pip has to leave, to go to Miss Havisham's house, he finds it hard to say goodbye to Joe. He has never parted from Joe before and it is like the strong bond between them suddenly starting to weaken. As Pip grows older, becoming more of a gentleman, he grows further and further appart from Joe. This becomes a problem, as they now feel awkward to be in each other's presence. Joe feels that he has to now ask for permission to see Pip. In the letter from Pip to Joe it says `Dear Mr Pip'. This shows that Joe isn't as close to Pip as he used to be, as he now calls him Mr Pip, which is more formal. Joe also calls himself an `affectionate servant'. This shows the social divide between Joe and Pip. It also shows that the relationship has changed dramatically and their relationship isn't based on love anymore. The letter also mensions `What larks'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Joe tries to impress Pip with his formal language, he says `architectooralooral'. He says this to try and releive the tension between them. But Pip continues to be embarrassed. Pip is ashamed to be in company with Joe, because of Joe's clothing. Pip is relieved when Herbert leaves, because he is ashamed of Joe's manners whilst eating. But because Joe is trying his best, he ignores the problem. Joe soon feels awkward and wants to leave. He says `Sir...'. This shows that he wants to diffuse the situation politely. Joe soon realises that him and Pip are wrong together in London. Joe says that he belongs in the `forge'. This reminds Pip of their past relationship and how close they used to be. When Joe leaves, Pip is left with his new life. So the relationship has become even weaker and it is near to the end. Overall, the relationship between Pip and Joe has severly changed. They used to have a strong bond and they used to care for each other a lot. But as Pip grew older and as he became more of a gentleman, they soon grew appart, and that spaecial bond was broken. Eventhough they still do care for each other, it is just not shown. ...read more.

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