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I believe that the main character, Pip's, innocence is established through his sadness because of the death of his family

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ESSAY ON GREAT EXPECTATIONS I believe that the main character, Pip's, innocence is established through his sadness because of the death of his family. This shows that Pip cares for his family even though he has never seen them. This, in turn, encourages the reader to see Pip as a small innocent, defenseless boy sitting alone in depressing, cold, foggy graveyard mourning over his dead family. Charles Dickens really sets the mood with his description of the setting "...this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard". When Pip finally encounters the convict, he is described in a way that seems to blend in the barren environment, "A man with broken shoes and with an old rag tied round his head. ...read more.

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You could almost describe her as a step towards today's perception of a "modern woman" (where the woman is in charge of the house and family). Mrs. Joe has a viciously dominating relationship with Pip and with her husband, Joe Gargery. She often beats and man-handles them (Pip even refers to himself and Joe Gargery as "fellow sufferers"). For example, she forces them, physically, to drink tar water in chapter two. Joe is described by Charles Dickens as a "fair man, with curls of flaxen hair on each side of his smooth face... He was a mild, good-natured, sweet tempered easy-going, foolish, dear fellow --- a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness." So basically Pip sees Joe Gargery as someone akin to a saint yet on the other hand a push over. ...read more.

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Miss Havisham seems like the personification of the depressing dank atmosphere of the room that she sits in. It becomes obvious that her mind has deteriorated due to her heart being broken by her husband-to-be who never married her. She almost seems amused by the shock and confusion that Pip shows and the fact that he is obviously intimidated by her when she speaks in her disturbing, eccentric manner. The room is filled with the remnants of her failed wedding (the wedding took place before Pip's birth), such as the celebration feast that was left to rot on the table and all the clocks that were left set to twenty minutes to nine. In conclusion, it is my opinion that Charles Dickens has an exceptional ability to portray his characters' personalities through different mediums, for example through their speech, appearance, actions, thoughts and even their names. Dickens' use of these features ranges from the extremely obvious to the immeasurably subtle. ...read more.

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