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To what extent is Joe's influence a help or a hindrance to Pip's development

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To what extent is Joe's influence a help or a hindrance to Pip's development? In Great Expectations, the character of Joe is portrayed upon the reader as the comical but also sensitive grown-up figure towards Pip. Much of Joe's upbringing was simple. As a result he lacks the intelligence to question the moral values that he was taught as a child. "There's one thing you may be sure of Pip, said Joe, after some rumination, namely that lies is lies. How sever they come, they didn't ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same. Don't you tell no more of 'em Pip" Due to this he does not have the same moral dilemmas that most people have. ...read more.


As a result of this bond Joe's personality is then somehow absorbed by Pip as Pip portrays a typical childlike quality in which he is easily influenced by those around him. Joe's influence to Pip can come across as a positive outlook on Pip as Pip learns to respect others and their wishes as well as himself, but also not to retaliate and lower himself to someone else's level if they provoke him. "She says many hard things of you, yet you say nothing of her. What do you think of her? I don't like to say, I stammered." In this quote, Pip refuses to tell Miss Havisham what he thought of Estella, because he did not want to create any more tension than there already was. ...read more.


"She's been on the Ram-page, this last spell, about five minutes, Pip. She's a-coming! Get behind the door, old chap, and have the jack-towel betwixt you." This is one of the many situations where we see Joe defending Pip and understanding what he's going through as Joe himself is being treated the same way as well. In conclusion I believe that on the whole Joe's intentions towards Pip are all genuinely optimistic. However whether it is actually doing Pip any good is another matter. It seems that when thinking about the future of Pip and what he wants to succeed, it appears that Joe might be holding him back due to his simplicity of just wanting to 'get by'. In a way it would seem that Mrs Joe Gargery being mean to Pip will drive Pip to wanting to prove to her that he can succeed with his dreams in life. ...read more.

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