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Which character has greatest effect on Pip?

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Which character has greatest effect on Pip? During the book 'Great Expectations' there are many characters that influence pips decisions. In my essay I will try and point out who does what to influence pips decisions and eventually try and find out which character was most influential. There are several characters which much be considered whilst deciding who was most influential. Mrs Havasham was probably the most influential character because it was because it was her who first planted the seeds of discontent in pips mind. It was because of her that pip met Estella. Mrs Havasham made Pip uneasy about his life and made him dislike his social class. She kept asking him questions about Estella such as 'what do you think of her?' this made pip embarrassed to tell her as Estella was listening, further more after every answer Pip gave to this question Miss Havasham kept adding 'anything else' which we later found out in the book, mrs havasham was trying to make pip like Estella lots so that she could break his heart. We could tell this when Miss Havasham said 'What leave now and never see her again even though she is so pretty' she is trying to make ...read more.


This had an effect on Pip because he wanted to change who and what he was to please Estella so she wouldn't make fun of him and might actually start to like him. He wanted to be a gentleman ever since this moment and forget about his upbringing and how his sister had treated him and how Joe had just been a common man. Joe has a strong effect on Pip when he was growing up and when he was older and made Pip realise something very important which I will explain in this paragraph. As a young boy Joe was pips best friend and when Pip became an apprentice he was apprentice to Joe. Joe taught him a blacksmiths trade, however pip still wanted to become a gentleman and please Estella. However Pip did become a gentleman and forgot about his old ways as a blacksmith, and how he was brought up. When Pip was a gentleman Joe went to see him, and made Pip feel embarrassed in front of his posh friend. This made Pip feel that he wanted to disown Joe, that he had finally forgot about everything in the past and he was happy with his new life, but was he? ...read more.


However after Pip went through his 'Great expectations' he came out of it with nothing, Estella had already married, Biddie was getting married to Joe and Pip was left with nobody. After all that Pip finally realise what being a true gentleman was all about, he learnt this by watching Joe and how he achieved this gentlemanly status. It had nothing to do with money, cloths, jobs or even social rank; it was all to do with how u conducted yourself in front of other people. So in a way Joe had a large effect on Pip. I honestly think every character had there own part to play: Magwhich- them benefactor for Pips 'Great expectations; Joe- for making Pip realise what a true gentleman was and being his friend as a boy; Estella- for making Pip love him, treating him cruelly and making him want to become a gentleman so he could impress her; Mr Havasham- For bringing Pip to the house and introducing Pip to Estella, making Pip feel common and finally making Pip love Estella. There is a few characters I haven't mentioned in my essay that might have had a slight effect on pip, however I focused on the major influences. ...read more.

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