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The Relationship between Joe and Pip throughout the whole Novel.

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The Relationship between Joe and Pip throughout the whole Novel Pip when we first see him in the book is made out to be a small, feeble eleven-year old boy who is an orphan and lives with his elder sister, Mrs. Gargery. He spends some of his time around his dead mother and numerous brothers in the graveyard. As he is an orphan, his elder sister takes care of him with the aid of Joe Gargery, her husband who is a blacksmith. Joe is a simple man, an uneducated man; he isn't the cleverest person, the richest person or even on the social ladder. Unlike most people Joe doesn't care about the richer or the higher orders. He is a mild-mannered person who is considerate and tolerant. As his father beat him when he was a child, he wanted to be a good influence on Pip and treat him well, the contrary of what his father did for him. Yet his father and his wife, the same as what happened to Pip, hit him. This made him look like a child in Pip's eyes and he treated Joe as a larger species of child. In this book Joe was probably the single person who was honest, calm and sincere. This meant that in this book he was a moral compass, pointing true north and is a constant that doesn't change in the whole story. ...read more.


and make something of his life. He wanted to leave the working class background and go up in the world and be perceived (a Great Expectation). As he tries harder to become a gentleman, he pities the ordinary people such as Joe and all the other people he was on familiar terms with. Owing to these feeling of becoming a gentleman, he starts to resent Joe and feels ashamed of him for not knowing how to read or write, but still they are able to relate to each other as they have both faced the difficulty of being beaten. Pip knows about this because his elder sister, with the aid of the "tickler", also beat him, as she did Joe. As Joe didn't want to turn out like his father and beat Pip he treated him well and was forgiving to what Pip thought and did to him. Throughout the book, even though Pip is feeling the shame of Joe, he still respects Joe as they have helped each other from when Pip was a young boy, as when Mrs. Gargery came to hit Pip with the "tickler" Joe pushed him up the chimney and faced the consequences for Pip. Pip was so determined to become a gentleman that when he became apprenticed to Joe as a blacksmith he felt mortified and looked down upon the job. ...read more.


When Pip realizes that Joe has helped him through his illness and through the payment of his debts, he feels affection for Joe again. He realizes that Joe is a good man and it was his mistake to feel embarrassed of him and of his past on his way to develop into a gentleman. This book shows what the social ladder has done to someone but also shows that the love of a father and son will always come back. The book shows that Pip realizes that he acted in an arrogant way and that he realizes that Joe has done nothing wrong, and he didn't deserve to be treated in tat way. Joe and Pip both have the chance to become close again as when Joe gets married to Biddy he goes to their wedding and shows that he is very happy for them even though he loves Biddy. He still goes to their wedding and this shows that he really does care about Joe and is very happy for him and Biddy. The relationship between Pip and Joe becomes even closer when Joe calls their child Pip after him. As the relationship is renewed, the book ends with Pip and Joe having a good relationship and Pip realizing that he was wrong. The whole relationship revolved around Joe, as he did not change and treated Pip the same through out, so it was a good conclusion as it showed Pip realizing his mistakes. Trusen Patel ...read more.

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