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Great Expectations: Changes In The Character Of Pip

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Changes in the Character of Pip


Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a fascinating tale of love and fortune. The main character, Pip, is a dynamic character who undergoes many changes through the course of the book. Throughout this analysis the character, Pip will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be surveyed.

The main character, Pip, is a gentle character. His traits include humbleness, kindness, and lovingness. These traits are most likely the cause of his childhood poverty. In the beginning of the story, Pip is a mild mannered little boy who goes on with his own humble life. That, though, will change as he meets Magwich, a thief and ...view middle of the document...

In contrast to her treatment of Pip as a child when she had called him a common laboratory boy with coarse hands and thick boots, she tries to explain to him that emotion is something that she is incapable of feeling. The fact of that is evidence of his illusion, not her cruelty. He sees that he cannot control Estella and that life is not fair, and he develops bitterness towards it.

Pip’s dream of becoming a gentleman comes true when his old friend Magwich comes back to become his benefactor. As his benefactor he funds Pip in his academic studies and makes Pip a gentleman. Through this Pip’s dream becomes true and he starts to act like a snob even though he truly isn’t. His attitude changes and he becomes “stuck up” and the exact opposite that he was in his childhood. This is evidence of a dynamic change in the story.

            After many years, Pip who is a changed man sees his old love Estella. There he falls in love with her again even though she explains that she cannot feel any feelings for him. To make a long story short, they fall in love, and that causes him to revert back to his old self; a gentle, kind, mild mannered person who sees only the good in people.

            In conclusion the character, Pip is a great example of a very dynamic character.  This story was pretty typical of Charles Dickens because as everyone knows he despises rich folk.


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