Great Expectations: Pip's Character Change

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Great Expectations: Pip’s Character Change

Discuss Pip’s character and how it develops when he grows older. Concentrate on his childhood and refer constantly to the text to justify your argument through an analysis of style of Dickens’s writing

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a compelling story rich in friendship, love and fortune. The main character, Pip, is a dynamic character that undergoes many changes through the course of the book and throughout this analysis, the character Pip, will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be quoted and explained.

The main character, Pip, is a gentle character. His traits include humbleness, kindness, and lovingness and these traits are most likely the cause of his childhood poverty and appreciating life where it stands. In the beginning of the story, Pip is a mild mannered little boy who goes on with his own humble life but this changes as he meets Magwitch, a thief and future benefactor. Pip’s kindness goes out to help the convict, Magwitch when he gives food and clothing to him. Magwitch tells Pip that he’ll never forget his kindness and will remember Pip always and forever and this is the beginning of Pip’s dynamic change. Throughout the novel of Great Expectations, the character Pip, gradually changes from a kind and humble character to a character that is bitter, then snobbish and finally turns into the kind and loving character which he was at the beginning of the story as he remembers those who really loved him (Joe Gargery, Biddy etc).

I will begin my analysis of Pip by selecting quotes from Great Expectations to show the change in his dynamic character

“My fathers family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.  So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”

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This is the opening statement of Dickens’s novel and it shows us how simple the young Pip was before his expectations ever began. You suspect he calls himself Pip because of his wild imagination and the thinking that goes through his mind, when he combines his Christian and family name together. By the boy calling himself by Pip, it shows the childish youthfulness of his character, as Pip is a youthful name compared to the likes of Phillip which sounds more grown and older. By Pip calling himself by that name especially, shows his humbleness as it doesn’t sound high ...

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