Charles Dickens Use Of Indirect Characterization In Great Expectations

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In the novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens utilizes indirect characterization and dynamic character to prove the naiveté Pip has in the beginning of the story which transitions to maturity at the end of the story. Pip lets his immature and childish thoughts guide his actions. Dickens uses Pip to reveal the theme that one can change through the experiences they face. As Pip changes, he realizes the goals he had once desperately longed for did not bring him true happiness. The goal of becoming a gentleman began to lose it’s enticement as Pip begins to comprehend the flaws of a person who is rich and powerful.
Firstly, Dickens uses indirect characterization to exhibit the naiveté Pip has in the beginning of the story. Pip believes that there is a “horrible
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After reading Biddy’s letter announcing Joe’s visit, even though he was close to him, feels “considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity.” (194) During their dinner, Pip is embarrassed by Joe’s manners and mentions that “[he] felt impatient of him.” (198) But after his change of heart from the events after Magwitch’s death, he is regretful of the way he treated Joe so he decides to go to Joe’s forge and “have out [his] disclosure with him, and [his] penitent remonstrance with him.” (422) Pip mistreats Joe because since he was a gentleman, the way Joe acted was very ungentleman-like so it embarrassed him. Just like how Pip changed his perspective on Magwitch from terror, to one of great affection, he reasons his view on Joe could also change. From the impatience Pip feels to one of regretfulness, his finals days with Magwitch brings revelation to him in that he wants to right the wrong ways Pip treated Joe as a gentleman. Pip matures and through this, he understands that he should have tolerance to love those around him who are