Mister Pip

1588 Words7 Pages
The story ‘’Mister Pip’’ unfolds as it introduces Matilda, a young bouvilligan teenage girl who develops a trusting relationship with the islands only white man, Mr Watts – known as Pop eye to the villagers, who willingly puts himself forward to be Matilda and her class mates teacher, as all the other people had escaped from the island in time for missing the blockade, along with Matildas father. The two minor characters I am going to explore is Dolores, Matildas mother, and Joseph, Matildas father. Through the story the war runs parallel to Matilda’s education. It is based in the late 20th century on a small uncared for island in the Pacific Ocean. At the beginning of the novel Matilda’s fathers whereabouts is explained with confusion. He…show more content…
You hear me, Matilda?’’ She is a bitter and hostile woman who is ‘angry all the time,’ possibly because her husband is safely tucked away in Townsville, protected from her lonely and uncertain life. Matilda says she had a beautiful smile but she hardly ever used it. Instead she was the epitome of anger with ‘lips like slits.’ This anger terrified the other children. Matilda believes that Dolores is like Miss Havisham, stuck in a time that has past and gone. ‘’ ‘’Ged up Matilda’’ my mum yelled one morning ‘’you’ve got school today’’ she must have enjoyed that moment’’ The word ‘’yelled’’ used by Jones gives off the impression of selfishness, arrogance and too big for her boots. Also, the fact that she would have enjoyed telling Matilda to get up and tell her she has school backs up that point. ‘’And, with a glimmer of a smile, my mum said ‘’You do now, pop eye is going to teach you kids’’. The metaphor ‘’a smile pinned to one cheek’’ is a metaphor used by Jones, making it seem awfully surprising that she was smiling as it isn’t a full smile. Jones shoes Dolores’s character throughout the book as being a tied, judgemental angry abandoned woman. Through the novel Jones shows a very stubborn side to Dolores, as she effuses to give Mr Watts a chance because he’s white and the white men took everything away from her, and how she refuses to not move on from Matilda’s father. The
Get Access