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A Character Sketch Of Pip In Dicken's "Great Expectations"

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Great Expectations:PIP'S PERSONALITY CHANGE Most people would assume that through age and maturation, a boy witha wonderful heart and personality would further develop into a kind hearted,considerate gentleman. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens provides hisreaders with an example of a boy who regresses in certain aspects of hispersonality rather than progressing as one would expect. Pip, a person whohad loved and revered his uncle Joe as a child, while maturing, finds that hisperspective on life has shifted. This boy, beginning life with a caring,generous heart, regresses becoming a superficial, ungrateful man who isashamed of what he had once been. Pip and Biddy had become the best of friends and felt very stronglytowards each other. However, once Pip had been introduced to Estella, hewas overcome by her beauty, and would never ...view middle of the document...

His disrespect was moststrongly shown towards Joe. Having not seen Joe for a number of years, Pipshows that he would rather have continued his now prosperous life withouthaving anything to do with Joe, when he thinks, 'Let me confess with whatfeeling I looked forward to Joe's coming... Not with pleasure though I wasbound to him by so many ties; no, with considerable disturbance and somemortification.' (p 630) Despite Joe's kindness and caring, Pip remainedunappreciative and ungrateful, for now Pip was wealthy and did not care tohave contact with a poor man. Pip's most unfavorable quality was the fact that he was ashamed of hispast and his family. By now, the only thing Pip was interested in wasimpressing Miss Havisham and Estella with his new wealth and high status.If he was seen with a poor, unintelligent man such as Joe, he would bemortified. Pip was also worried that enemies of his would see him with Joe.'I had little objection to his being seen by Herbert or his father, for both ofwhom I had respect; but I had the sharpest sensitiveness to his being seen byDrummle...' (p 630) Pip was worried that Drummle would harass him if hewas seen with a poor, lowly blacksmith. Pip's disrespect shown towards Joeduring his visit to London, forever changed their once special relationshipwith each other. In conclusion, Pip's unfavorable qualities brought him nothing but grief.Being superficial caused Pip to have an unending love for a woman whoshowed him no respect and had no feelings for him. His ungratefulness andthe fact that he was ashamed of his poor family caused his relationship withJoe and Biddy to forever change. When Pip finally realized that status andwealth were unimportant, it was too late. He had already damaged hisrelationship with the two people who were most important to him, Joe andBiddy. This simply shows that every person should be proud of his/herbackground and should never try to be something he/she is not.

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