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Who Or What Do You Think Has The Most Influence on Pip's Development And For What Reasons?

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Who Or What Do You Think Has The Most Influence on Pip's Development And For What Reasons? By Priya Patel "Great Expectations" By Charles Dickens ~*~Bibliography~*~ For help in writing this essay, I have used the following sources: -York Notes -www.pinkmonkey.com Who Or What Do You Think Has The Most Influence On Pip's Development And For What Reasons? Through the characters Dickens has created in "Great Expectations" he paints a picture to show us the way in which people's actions are influenced wholly by those they come into contact with throughout their lives. In "Great Expectations", which follows the dreams and aspirations of a young, innocent boy through to reaching manhood, Philip Pirrip, more commonly known as Pip, is influenced by many characters. In this essay, I am going to try to pinpoint the most influential character or significant issue that directly affects Pip. When we initially meet Pip, he is a semi-illiterate boy with "just enough learning to be able to spell," from a very lower class background, trying to build images of his parents and siblings, all of which have passed away, excluding one. This is Mrs. Joe Gargery, his elder sister, married to Mr. Joe Gargery, the local blacksmith. She is over 20 years his senior and is a mother figure for Pip. Mrs. Joe is seen as superior to both Pip and Joe. I think Mrs. Joe influences Pip from a very early stage in his life by bringing him up to be an honest and pure child. Pip, having been raised by this strict disciplinarian, supposed that both he and Joe Gargery were "both brought up by hand" and corrected by use of Tickler, Mrs Joe's frequently used whip. Pip learnt very early on that he was an inferior member of the family and was taught to be very grateful for even this as, without his sister; he would have ended up with either poor health or dead. ...read more.


This illustrates Estella's being in one go. Miss Havisham had adopted Estella to be loved by men. Miss Havisham states clearly that "I stole her heart away and put ice in it's place." Pip has always seen Estella through 'rose-coloured glasses.' As a young boy, Pip sees her as a "very proud, very pretty, and very insulting" girl. He does not realise that she has set out to break his heart as he is literally 'blinded by love'. The more gentlemanly Pip grows; he becomes further infatuated with her and refuses to believe that she is incapable of loving him back. He "believed her to be human perfection." Pip is convinced that their 'relationship' was meant to be. Also he accepts as true that Miss Havisham adopted Estella and had pretty much adopted him and so, of course they were supposed to be together. After many years absents, Pip goes to revisit Satis house and meets an "elegant lady whom he had never seen before." When he recognises her to be his beloved Estella he is in awe. He feels inferior to her yet again, without even having said anything to her. "I slipped hopelessly back into the coarse and common again." The couple reminisce about their past and laugh together. Estella tells Pip that she has no heart and cannot return the love and affection he feels for her. "I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt, but I have no softness there, no - sympathy - sentiment - nonsense." Pip is noticeably distraught over Estella's confession to him. He loves her too much to possibly believe that this can be true. Miss Havisham is well aware for Pip's already excessive love for Estella and yet orders him to love her even more. She describes what he should feel for her, as "Blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself, the whole world, giving up your heart and soul to the smiter." ...read more.


It changes his views and perceptions of people. For example once he had thought that Joe was the perfect companion, but when he comes into money, Joe is no longer suitable company for Pip as he is superior to Joe. The change from lower to upper class fazes him greatly too. Both money and class put together in my opinion is the biggest influence on Pip. Pip is influenced by many characters and happenings, but at no time through his life is he completely alone with no where to go and no one to talk to. There is always at least one person in his life that he can relate to. Having had no real family in his life, I think Joe and Magwitch influence Pip the most through resembling a father figure to him. Overall, I think Magwitch should take most of the credit for shaping Pip into the man that stands before us, as without him, Pip would not have ended up in the gentlemanly stature that he has become, and although it is not the characteristics or exemplifications that Pip has actually learnt from Magwitch, the influence is greatest from him in two ways. The first being he put this life in danger for Pip when he left Australia to come back to England, and the second is that everything he has done since they first met in graveyard has been for Pip. Had it not been, Pip's development would most probably have been influenced mostly by Joe or Biddy, but since it is Magwitch's initial subconscious influence, Pip has the likelihood to be influenced by Estella more than before, and also by Herbert, more so than Biddy. My answer to the title question of "Who or What do You Think Has The Most Influence On Pip's Development?" is money. It changes him, and 'brainwashes' him. Pip is a gullible individual, and the money allows for people to easily intercept in his way of thinking and living and change it given the slightest possibility. "I ain't alone as you may think I am" ...read more.

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