Essay on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

One of Dickens’ most popular novels ‘Great Expectations’ is a griping search for identity- the narrator’s self-identity Pip has been born into a difficult world in the early years of the 19th Century. Philip
Pirrip is the narrator of ‘Great Expectations’. In the book he is known as Pip. He called himself Pip because as a young child his infant tongue could only get across to Pip. I the first few chapters of the book he is described as a timid, sensitive and guilt-ridden person. His parents had died earlier, probably due to poverty. Pip is living with his sister, who intimidates him in every form. We realise his intimidation when he arrives late from the graveyard,

“I twisted the only
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When he was turned upside down, he imagined Magwitch would carry out the threat of,

“I’ll have your heart and liver out”

On the second meeting with Magwitch, we can understand how Pip is growing less afraid of Magwitch and looking at him through sympathetic eyes, “Hugging and limping waiting for me. He was awfully cold to be sure” and “You’ve been lying out on the marshes and they’re dreadful aguish.
Rheumatic too”

Pip is also worried about stealing from his sister. He knows the true morality, but he is too afraid to adhere to it,

“ A boy with somebody else’s pork pie! Stop him. Holloa young thief”

Pip here is imagining things coming to life such, as the cattle and the marshland. His imagination is leading him to a guilty conscience.

The third meeting with Magwitch is again in the marshes, but this time
Pip has company and also Magwitch is not alone. Pip is with the soldiers, Joe and Mr Wopsle hunting down Magwitch for the crime he has done. Magwitch is with Compeyson fighting in the marshland. Pip was in two minds, about what Magwitch would think of him,

“Would he believe I was in both imp and hound in treacherous earnest, and had betrayed him”

Also at the third meeting Magwitch protected Pip by not acknowledging him. He owned up to the theft that Pip had done for him and we see the convict clearing Pip of all the blame and probably thanking him for all his assistance. Pip has seen

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