Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

After reading the compelling ‘Great Expectations’ by the famous writer
Charles Dickens, I can gather that it is based upon his own psychological insight to life. He makes connections in relation to a specific character or event in the storyline, which were critical in his own expectations. Also Dickens moulds his selection of characters very well into the desired settings he’d created, that matched what he knew only too well throughout his childhood.

‘Great Expectations’ not only satires the issues of Victorian society, yet centres on the rites of passage that marks an important change in a person’s life. Dickens’ issue of contentment is something that concerns many human beings;
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Dickens builds Joe up well as a character in the way that he had well defined qualities: ‘mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish...’ Pip looks upon Joe as the person who can provide him guidance and one who Pip could seek refuge from his violent sister. Pip becomes dependant on Joe, as he is the only one there for him who is prepared to listen to his problems.
Moreover, Joe is a positive influence on Pip, always looking out for him and at the same time offering him security. Despite Joe’s good points, he is not seen a strong enough or suitable role model for Pip, yet this solid friendship leaves Pip clear on how he thinks of his sister compared to Joe:

‘I do not recall that I felt any tenderness of conscience in reference to Mrs Joe, when the fear of being found out was lifted off me. But I loved Joe-perhaps for no better reason in those early days than because the dear fellow let me love him-and, as to him, my inner self was not so easily composed.’ (page38)

When Pip is invited to play at the materialistic Satis House, all these good values he has been brought up on are entirely thrown out of the window. Satis House, home of the jilted Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella (Latin for stars), is designed to have a great affect on Pip and in turn, the reader. Its desolateness makes
Pip feel
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