Great Expectation - Charles Dickens
This unit focuses on the choices and influences of the protagonist, Pip, throughout his quest and evolution, from the inocent boy, to the young snob, and finally to the sympathetic adult who has given upn false snobbery and returned to his roths.
When the story commences he is aged seven, orphaned and being raised by his sister and brother-in-law in the marshes of Kent. He makes the transition from apprentice blacksmith to young gentleman and his character suffers serious changes during this period. He is determined to improve himself in order to win the hand of Estella.
This novel was one of its Charles Dickens' greatest critical and popular successes. The first-person narrative relates the coming-of-age of Pip (Philip Pirrip). Reared in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery, the young Pip one day helps a convict to escape, that . Later he is sent to live with Miss Havisham, a woman driven half-mad years earlier by her lover's departure on their wedding day.
When Pips visits the Satis House stop and he is made an apprentice to Joe, he becomes even more deeply ashamed of his position in society,because of his meeting with the adopted dauther of Miss Havishon, who is teached to torment men with her beauty, the reason why he fals in love with her. He worries that Estella will see him at the "unlucky hour" when he is at his "grimiest and commonest".
Then, when Mr. Jaggers tells Pip about an anonymous benefactor makes it possible for him to go to London for an education, Pip makes the assumption that his windfall has come from Miss Havisham, and therefore, his expectations are great and include getting an education, becoming a gentleman, receiving an income, living in the city, and most importantly, marrying Estella.But Miss Havison has other plans in witch she crushes all his hopes for Estella. Pip's ego grows greatly, begining to devolve his talent ,soon to become a gentelman,as Ella desires.
His plans of being an established member of the ruling class seem on course, until the true identity of his benefactor is revealed.Magwitch wishes to flaunt his protégé in public, thus obtaining some sort of revenge on the society that has wronged him.(so this is a way of using Pip to get to what he wants)Pip considers that his position is tainted, even though the money he has spent was honestly acquired by Magwitch, thus ruining his expectations.
Magwitch is obviously quite a nice person at heart though the encounters you have with him in the novel seem to show him as a nasty person, but he is actually a possibility of being the gentelman. However, if you put it in the context that you were a convict on the run and your only chance of freedom was a little boy you would
probably try what Abel did and scare him enough to help you. Though to be truthful telling the child his "heart and liver will be ripped out and roasted" is perhaps ( slightly) too vicious
Pip first goes to see Miss Havisham when he is called by her to go and play at Satis House. He had heard of Miss Havisham before up in town, "…as an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house." As Pip enters the house for the first time the size of the house becomes apparent to the reader but also the fact that it has "no heart".
As Pip meets Miss Havisham for the first time, he describes her as "the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see." Pip is terrified by her peculiarity and appearance and describes her as like "wax work and a skeleton" and "corpse like" A caracter surrounded by images of decay and death, which suggest the kind of influence she has on Pip and Estella.
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