Great Expectations Fear

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Throughout Great Expectations, one quickly realizes the painful nature of knowledge. Constantly, the characters are harmed, endangered, or frightened by facts that they or others could or have learned. This is particularly true for Pip. Most notably, one sees this with Pip after he learns the true identity of his sponsor he uses phrases such as “I seemed to be suffocating” and “sharpest and deepest pain” expressing that pain is produced by knowledge (Dickens 291, 295). One also sees this when he learns that he is less than Estella as he “was in a low-lived bad way” and when he learns about her fate even his speech is in pain as it “welled up within me, like blood from an inward wound” (Dickens 59, 334). Knowledge, however, represents the process