Pip's Relationships In Great Expectations Essay

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In Great Expectations Charles Dickens writes:
You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres
else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends. (223)
At the beginning of the novel, Pip was a slightly fearful boy, afraid of many things, as all young children are. But, ironically, he meets a rather significant man. He meets this man, an escaped convict, in the local marshes near the military barracks. This unusual man, Magwitch provides Pip with his mysterious financial status. After Pip helps Magwitch, he goes home to his sister, Mrs. Joe, also his mother figure, and Joe, his sisters husband, and his father figure. Mrs. Joe has a quite coarse personality, while Joe cares deeply for Pip. This creates a strong bond between the two, almost like a true father-son bond. It creates a bond that is hard for Pip to break when he is called to his “great expectations”, which Joe, in the end, makes it easier for Pip to go his separate and rightful path in life.

Pips’ relationships with others show he is a compassionate person. Magwitch, Pip’s funder, acts almost as a guardian angel to Pip. Pip, almost certain that Miss Havisham is the reason for his new and wonderful life, discovers that indeed Magwitch, the convict he helped so long ago, is the reason for his sudden and mysterious fortunes. Whenever Pip fell into debt, Magwitch had knowledge and bailed him out and put him back on his feet. Nobody had ever suspected that a convict would be the reason for Pips’ success in life, which makes it hard for Pip and Magwitch to begin a strong relationship because they have only known each other a few days. Magwitch’s reason for making Pips’ life so much easier might have been that he might have looked back at what Pip had risked to help a total stranger in a time of need he might have seen Pip like him when he was a child, so as a result he funded him and lead him to become a very fine gentleman, rather than a lowly blacksmith or worse, a criminal.

In contrast to the foggy, quick, overwhelming relationship Pip shared with Magwitch, his and Estella’s relationship, far different from any others’ in the novel, is filled with love, grieving, and powerful, swinging emotions. Estella and Pip were destined to be together, as thought of from Pip’s point-of-view. He was convinced that Miss Havisham was his funder and wanted him and Estella to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, when Pip found out that Miss Havisham was not his prolonged...

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