Great Expectations : Character Analysis

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In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, those who endure guilt about situations beyond their control may grow up in an onerous household, and Dickens evinces this when Pip grows up in a house of abuse, poverty, and Christianity. Mrs. Joe gargery abuses Pip physically and psychologically. She proclaims Pip embarasses her around other people. Mrs. Joe declares Pip is a mistake, and she fritters time away raising him “by hand” (Dickens). Additionally, each time Pip perpetrates a repulsive act, Mrs. Joe physically batters him. Since Pip is poor and feels guilty, he relates to Abel Magwitch, a convict he helps. Pip commits multiple crimes to aid Magwitch, such as stealing food from Mrs. Joe’s pantry and hiding him from authorities. Though Pip technically commits actions deemed bad, he tries to do good deeds. Nevertheless, he only considers the negative aspect of his actions, not positive, which manifests guilt. Pip is a Christian, which Dickens divulges in the novel during Pip and Joe’s private conversation about Pip’s visit to Miss Havisham’s residence. Joes calls Uncle Pumblechook and Mrs. Joe the Devil’s children; however, since Pip lies in one circumstance, he feels guilty for committing a sin. Hence, Pip determines praying more will relieve him of his sins, though he already prays most nights. Mrs. Joe’s resentment of Pip engenders Pip’s guilt since she dehumanizes him. Mrs. Joe physically and psychologically abuses Pip, and she declares Pip is an embarrassment. Mrs.
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