Essay about Pip's Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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Pip's Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Throughout the novel there are many expectations of Pip. They are appointed to him by many different characters, as well as himself. These expectations were very stressful for Pip and often wore him down to breaking point. Right from the start of the book we are introduced to many characters and we find out shortly why they thrust such 'Great Expectations' on Pip. Eventually we discover more about these and find out if they come true. In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Mrs Gargery. We know that Mrs Gargery is Pips sister who has been given the task of looking after him. When she hears that Pip has a chance of going to Mss…show more content…
They found out that this dream would not come true, "Perhaps I have been told to give you a present when you lose your apprentice". Joe was obviously upset that this expectation would not come true, and as time went on, he realised it was for the best as Pip was to become a gentleman. Miss Havisham had many expectations of Pip. As soon as Pip had an opportunity to go to Miss Havishams to play, she expected him to obey and amuse her and Estella. The expectation of Pip obeying her is strongly emphasised with quotes, "You can go home now. Come again in six days time". This quote backs up the feeling that she is ordering Pip around. Also it brings forth another expectation. Miss Havisham expects Pip to love Estella. She exaggerated feelings between the children, making Pip love Estella only to break his heart soon after, "Go on, my love, ' she used to whisper in Estella's ear, ' break men's hearts and have no mercy". Miss Havisham encouraged Estella to make Pip think she loved him, so he would love her back. Pip had many expectations of himself. Pips first one as a boy was that he would take over Joe's business after he retired, "I always knew I would be apprenticed to Joe as soon as I was old enough". What Pip did not know was, that he would soon have an opportunity to go to London and be taught. When Pip knew he could achieve more than he ever imagined, he expected to
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