This leads to groups of chapters that act like events in a person’s life. One encounter leads to another in the next installmen... ... middle of paper ... ...ld and ends when he was in his twenties. However, Pip still remains as a kid from the beginning till the end of the novel when he realizes how he realizes how foolish he was. Born in a poor family, Pip suddenly received huge money from his secret benefactor who wished him to be gentlemen. He then follows his great expectations in London.
Pip’s first visit to the Satis House corrupts his character by causing him to be disgusted by t... ... middle of paper ... ...just like Joe was from the beginning of the novel. Through a series of humiliations, Pip grows up and overcomes the corruption set upon him by his childhood visits to the Satis house. He learns to appreciate those around him more than wealth or social status. At the beginning of the novel, he did not wish to be seen talking with Joe and Biddy, but by the end of the novel, Pip was able to hold hands with a man sentenced to death. He comes to terms that even though he may not be elevated to be a “gentleman”, he has Herbert, Joe and Biddy.
When Pip receives his fortune from his secret benefactor, his disregard for the two people that love him the most becomes much worse. Before hi... ... middle of paper ... ... of why his common life and being with Biddy is much better than the alternative, Estella. However, after all those reasons come to him, the remembrances of Satis House and Estella rush back to him and he is thrown into a conflict between the two. The worst part of Pip’s conflict comes from the fact that even Estella warns him of her cruelty. She tells him how she has no heart to love and will never care for him (229).
In Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations (1860), vivid adult characters such as the eccentric Miss Havisham, the enigmatic lawyer Jaggers, the simple but kind blacksmith Joe and the mysterious convict Magwitch have fundamental influences over the development of the story's protagonist, Pip. They do this in two ways. In a novel about a young man's moral education, the major secondary adult characters in the story contribute to Pip's growth either as instigators of his expectations or as paternal figures or sometimes as both. Appropriately, the characters who bring about Pip's "expectations" play an integral part in his life; they influence him and shape his development throughout the novel. Firstly, Miss Havisham's was a significant impact on Pip's life.
From this time period come many of the major themes of his more popular novels. Perhaps the most popular of these novels is David Copperfield. In this novel Dickens depicts a young man who grows up in a very similar way to that of his own (Allen 28).
The settings of Great Expectations are Pip’s homes, one home that he lives in during his childhood in Kent, England, and the other that he lives in when he is grown in London, England. Social status was a big deal in the mid-nineteenth century. The rich were highly respected and liked by all, and the poor were treated unkindly and were sometimes made fun of. The rich could have any job that they liked, but the poor would almost always take over the job that their father had. The narrator of Great Expectations is Pip.
What influences shape the character of young Pip in Great Expectations? “Great Expectations”, by Charles Dickens, is an enthralling tale of love and fortune. The story is set in the period of Dickens’ childhood, from 1810 to approximately 1830, and it is likely that memories of his own youth inspired Dickens to write the novel. The main character, Pip, is a gentle and humble boy whose character and personality undergo major transformations throughout the novel. He is influenced by many characters, in particular Estella, the hard-hearted girl from Satis House, and Magwitch, the convict from the marshes.
English is one of his favourite subjects, as he has the ambition to become a successful writer one day, so he jumps ahead on work rather quickly. This makes him fall into a cliché group of smart kids, most of which are seniors, in fact one of his first friends is his English teacher. At this point you just think, well this is going to be another teenage movie about drugs, violence and alcohol. But then there is a twist, Charlie makes friends with Patrick, a senior student in his wood shop class, not because of his intellectual ability but more because he is the joker of the class. Although Patrick is a joker, really confident and energetic, he still gets picked on by other seniors.
The third paragraph is not a conventional paragraph of either dialogue or narrative, but one of the letters sent to the parents, specifically, the letter from their son. The text is written in two voices, 1st person direct speech by two to parents who speak to each other, and 3rd person narrative. This narrative, throughout the passage, relates the speakers’ actions, and is vital because it enunciates the action’s of the characters. Since the majority of the action takes place inside the hearts and minds of the characters, these actions and the narrative must be scrupulously looked at to fully understand the importance of the passage. An example of two words that when looked at again, contribute to the graveness of the passage are “four letters” in the sentence... ... middle of paper ... ...nd speaks well to me.” The diction in this letter is one of selflessness, regret, and love to his parents, which are shown in subtle phrases especially in those of the last sentence such as “My dear mother and father”, “So I shall not see you or Ndotsheni again”, and “…If I were back [in Ndotsheni] I should not leave it again.” The postscript, though, displays an urgency which was not displayed previously.
In the first chapter, he inconspicuously establishes himself as the only character in his memoir, causing the reader not to follow him through his childhood, but to become him as a child. “People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version”(1), McCourt writes as he begins to describe the world in which he grows up. For he creates a separate world for himself, where people he knows wander in and out whenever they can hold his attention. McCourt’s world serves as a coping mechanism as well as an expression of his creativity. He surrounds himself with the depressing truth about his home and family, but brings in each morsel of truth with his own explanation, often humorous, thus exposing himself only to his interpretation of reality.