Evolution of Expectations The desire to escape from a “common” life and experience the greater, superior experiences that life has to offer is not uncommon. In fact, the central character of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Pip Pirrip, aspires to achieve this objective. Pip’s overwhelming yearning to become a gentleman for the love of his life, Estella, strongly wills him to change along the way in order to become a Victorian society “gentleman” and win the heart of his one true love. Along the way of Pip’s quest to becoming a gentleman, he stumbles upon a few select characters that greatly influence him in positive, supporting ways. These characters aid him in becoming the gentleman who recalls memorable events of his childhood. Mr. Jaggers, Estella, and Herbert influence Pip’s growth by allowing his growth, motivating him, and assisting him. Mr. Jaggers critically influences Pip’s development from a blacksmith’s apprentice to a young, Victorian society gentleman by allowing his growth by showing willingness and also allowing Pip to make mistakes. When Pip first travels to London, Mr. Jaggers remarks that Pip will live with Matthew Pocket’s son, Herbert Pocket. Pip recalls Mr. Jagger’s words, he [Pip] was to remain with young Mr. Pocket until Monday; on Monday he was to go with him to his father’s house on a visit, that he might try how he liked it (Dickens 162). This encounter between Pip and Mr. Jaggers demonstrates Mr. Jagger’s willingness for Pip to grow and flourish on his own. Although allowing Pip to live by his own rules may not have been the best decision at some points, he [Pip] to make his life in London worthwhile. For example, after a great deal of time living in London, Pip runs up a prodigious debt that he must pay off. Pip evokes the words of Mr. Jagger’s when he falls ill and needs care desperately; simultaneously young master Pip also has a predicament with the constable and debt collectors that he needs to satisfy. Mr. Jaggers states to Pip, “I shall by this means be able to check your bills, and to pull you up if I find you outrunning the constable. Of course you’ll go wrong somehow, but that’s no fault of mine” (Dickens 162). Thus, Mr. Jaggers allows Pip to make mistakes by permitting Pip’s growth and success. Lastly, Mr. Jaggers influences Pip by demonstrating willingness towards his growth and allowing Pip to make mistakes in order for him to succeed and excel. In addition, Estella analytically influences Pip’s advance from a common, marsh boy to a humble gentleman of society by motivating him with cruel insults and misleading him with false desire. As soon as Pip first arrives at Miss Havisham and Estella’s residence, Estella greets him with cold, unwelcoming glances. Remembering his first confrontation with Estella, Pip states, “She had said that I was common, and that I knew I was common, and that I wished I was not common, and that the lies had come of it somehow, though I didn’t know how” (Dickens 67). Pip becomes utterly embarrassed and ashamed of himself throughout the rest of his visit. Consequently, Estella criticizes Pip in many ways therefore influencing him by strengthening his aspiration to be of higher class and status for her. Furthermore, Estella influences Pip by misguiding him with false desire and consent. Following Pip’s daily visit with Miss Havisham, Estella prompts Pip upon his departure. Pip recollects that, “Instead of going straight to the gate, too, she [Estella] stepped back into the passage and beckoned me. ‘Come here! You may kiss me, if you like’” (Dickens 89). Estella uses Pip’s love as a child would use a toy yet Pip returns to her, eager for her love and approval. Undoubtedly, Estella influences Pip by motivating him with cruel jokes and misleading gestures. Finally, Herbert strongly influences Pip’s strengthening of character
Great Expectations Summer Assignment
With that, she poured on me, like an eagle on a lamb, and my face was squeezed into wooden bowls in sinks, and my head was put under taps of water-butts, and I was soaped, and kneaded, and toweled, and thumped, and harrowed, and rasped, until I really was quite beside myself.
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sack-cloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest…
My Expectations for Second Semester
I have a lot of great expectations (see what I did there) for my second semester of this school year. One of my expectations is that I will have a semester of great productivity and being able to apply myself in all of subjects. In other words, I am going to strive being able to keep my 4.0 GPA for the remainder of this semester so that I can remain a strong contender for the class ranking. Another anticipation…
Father Figures in Great Expectations
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations tells the story of Pip's, the narrator, journey from
childhood to adulthood. Pip gains three father figures along his journy, and each of these characters
offers Pip an important aspect of being a father, but they also lack important parts. Joe Gargery, Pip's
brotherinlaw, Mr. Jaggers, Pip's guardian in London, and Abel Magwitch, Pip's benefactor, all act as
Pip's father figures.…
Great Expectations, like the majority of Charles Dickens' fiction, contains several autobiographical connotations that demonstrate the author's keen observational talents. Pip, the novel's protagonist, reflects Dickens' painful childhood memories of poverty and an imprisoned father. According to Robert Coles, "there was in this greatest of storytellers an unyielding attachment of sorts to his early social and moral experiences" (566). Complementing Dickens' childhood memories of crime and poverty…
Great Expectations criticizes the ambition of the working class to reach the level of wealth and education possessed by the elite, upper class by illustrating the magnitude to which Pip is manipulated by Magwitch to reach these objectives. Pip is convinced that he must abandon his family and any chance of simple success in order to fulfill the educational and societal requirements for this aspired quality of life. Magwitch, a narcissist, wants to demonstrate his viability by using the…
developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved" whispered Helen Keller. Within Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens, many characters experience suffering which in the long run helps them achieve great expectations. Pip, for example, almost goes through the whole story suffering in both physical and emotional ways. Joe and Mrs. Joe, Pip's sister and her husband, suffered through their whole…
Honors English 10
February 21, 2014
Holden vs. Pip
J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations both rank in the list of most famous and most read classical novels. Both being bildungsroman and having a young man as the protagonist they share similar coming of age, misfit qualities. In contrast, the attitude given of from Salinger’s Holden is more appealing, rather than Dickens’ Pip. While both are coming of age novels, The Catcher in…
Great Expectations is filled with many passages that contribute heavily to the book. Many people don't realize that the content is just as important as the actual story line. Things such as characters and passages with meaning help make the book enjoyable and in-depth. Here are a few of the passages that make Great Expectations such a great, powerful book.
"Pip is that heart welcome, to go free with his services, to honor and fortun', as no words can tell him…
Great Expectations: Chapter 1 Questions
1. The novel is written in what point of view? – The novel is in 1st person.
2. Where does the opening scene take place? – It takes place in a churchyard.
3. What is Pip's full name? – Pip’s full name is Philip Pirrip.
4. Where are Pip's parents? – They are dead and buried in the churchyard.
5. With whom does Pip live? – Pip lives with his sister and her husband.
6. What does Joe Gargery do for a living? - Joe is a blacksmith…
through questionable, tragic, or sad circumstances, are redemptive in nature. Examine any three (3) characters. What do we learn as a result?
Taken place in mid-19th century England, Charles Dickens shows the lessons of a Bildungsroman in, “Great Expectations.” It showcases the young and adventurous life of Pip, a boy living on the English countryside with his older sister Mrs. Joe and her husband, a blacksmith, Mr. Joe. Pip’s dream is to become a gentleman, and along the way he meets many different…