Dickens' Great Expectations

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Dickens' Great Expectations In this essay, I will compare the presentation of Pip as a young boy with that of Pip as an adult in "Great Expectations." This novel is about a young orphan boy Pip who is given great expectations, when an unknown benefactor gives him money to become a gentleman. In the process he travels to London, deserting the people who care for him. This is a typical Victorian novel in that it has sentimental deathbed scenes such as Magwhich's which is a turning point in Pips journey of realisation and self discovery. The novel was originally published in 1860, in instalments, thus explaining the apparently slow pace when read as a complete novel by a modern reader. I have chosen to focus on the relationship between Pip and his sister's husband, Joe. The first scene I will consider is that of Pips leaving home to travel to London, I will then look at how Pip is ashamed Joe being uneducated. I will then look at Joes' visiting Pip in London, to see Pips reaction and attitude. Finally, I will focus on Joe coming to London to look after Pip whom is ill and in debt; I will look at how Pip is presented. Charles Dickens' begins the novel with a very dramatic opening in the grave yard in which the small Pip is looking at the gravestones of his parents and thinking of the rest of his family in heaven this heavenly thought is contrasted with an escaped convict who arrives and threatens him; "keep still you little devil." In this way Dickens sets, the child's angelic thoughts directly against his being called a devil. Dickens creates pathos in this scene to make us sympathise with this small, gullible, boy. 'Small' sug... ... middle of paper ... ...e where thins are made, shaped and given a purpose- it is always warm, in terms of temperature and emotions, Joe is warm and affectionate, as is Pip when he was a boy. When Pip comes into contact with Satis house, money and people with a higher class, this drives out the warmth in him and he becomes, for a while in the middle of the novel, an ungrateful, unfeeling person who despises those he should value and love. Throughout the novel Pip changes a developed greatly, Joe does not change, he is steady and simple and for this reason is obviously admired by Dickens. Dickens believes that the best teaching is suffering, Pip worked very hard to rebuild all the bridges between himself and his acquaintances; consequently, he ends up surrounded by people who truly love him. Pip suffered greatly but was greatly rewarded.
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