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Trace The Moral Development Of Pip And Discuss What "Great Expectations" Reveals About The True Nature Of A Gentleman.

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Pip, the young orphan boy from the forge was soon to become a young gentleman of great expectations. With a series of unpredictable events, unforeseen emotions, and a great deal of moral development we learn what it took for this young boy to learn how to be what he had always dreamed of becoming- a true gentleman.Never knowing who his parents were or what his true identity was we learn from the start that Pip has an ongoing voyage of self discovery. He started life as a blank canvas along with his identity.It is strange that this young boy should have such an astonishing course of events throughout his whole life. It makes us as readers wonder on to how and why things went the way they did. The plot involves many coincidences that bring people together from different social classes, the point of this being to show the readers of the time of Charles Dickens that money and social status do not denote moral virtue and that we as humans are all responsible for each other and not just for ourselves and those who are a benefit to us.Pip as a young boy is very wary of his surroundings. It comes across to us that he is very innocent and vulnerable, for example in the first chapter in his introduction we see that Pip is almost like a blank canvas, as he does simple things such as imagining his parents as "derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's tombstone, gave an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair". This gives us the impression that he will take anything to heart and that he is easy impression. He gets very shaken up by the incident with the convict - "'Oh! Don't cut my throat, sir,' I pleaded in terror". He feels "powerless" towards this man, and we see this is the start of pips moulding and his very eventful life.His elder sister whether consciously or not teaches simple respect by "bringing him up by hand" which is a basic guideline for his life. It teaches him to be wary of things. Pip had always as a boy imagined himself to grow up to be an apprentice at the forge with Joe, and never even imagined anything else. This was all to change, starting with the introduction of Estella."She wants this boy to go and play there."...the first words announcing Pips future discovery of Satis House. Here he was introduced to Estella, a young girl around the same age as Pip, who has been formed by the psychotic Miss Havisham into being cruel and heartless. She is also of higher status and is much wealthier than Pip. She would constantly mock Pip for his social background and would make him feel inadequate in her company "He calls the Knaves, Jacks, this boy!" He still however seems to fall in love with Estella. Her behaviour and criticalness towards him upset Pip to the extent that his new ambition was to become a gentleman.When Biddy moved into the forge, it was always assumed that this would be the person for Pip to marry. She had always shown compassion to Pip and Pip for her. However things...

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