Summary Of ' Great Expectations Notes '

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Joseph Slovick Mr. Alsedek 535-02 1 February 2016 Great Expectations Notes Chapters 1-3: The narrator introduces himself as Philip Pirrip, or ‘Pip’ for short; the man in question effectively gave himself this name when he could not pronounce his real name as an infant, managing only Pip. Pip portrays himself as an impressionable child by telling the story of his encounter with an escaped convict as a young boy. The shackled convict makes demands of young Pip then lets him go, leaving Pip the option of seeking help from police or family, but Pip follows through on the demands the convict gave. Perhaps if not impressionable, Pip is too compassionate for his own good. In addition to himself and the convict, Pip also introduces his older sister and her husband, Mrs. Joe and Joe, respectively. His sister is quite commanding, but her household, with Joe adding some compassion and gentleness, pales in comparison to the surrounding marshes apparently overpopulated with recently escaped convicts. Chapters 4-7: Pip furthers his portrayal as an impressionable, compassionate individual by showing fear for both himself and “his” convict when a few police officers barge into his home during dinner, though he calms down when they just ask Joe, a blacksmith, to repair their handcuffs. His fret over being arrested himself can be excused as a normal human reaction, but fearing for the convict he found hiding in the swamp shows a level or either undying compassion or complete stupidity, and
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