Pip in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
In the novel ‘Great Expectations’ the writer, Charles Dickensexpresses in expectations for the main character, Pip. This essay willexplain these expectations and will see if pip meets them.
The first person that has expectations is Pip, his own expectations.As a child he expects to work for Joe Gargery (Pip’s sisters husband)as a blacksmith, ‘I always knew I would be apprenticed to Joe as soonas I was old enough, and so I used to spend most of the day helpinghim in the forge.’ He is happy to work with Joe, as Joe protects himand is very kind to Pip. For a while Pip lived up to theseexpectations. But later on in the novel Pip discovers that he couldbecome a gentleman and then he dreams of becoming a gentleman. Whenthe opportunity came he took it but did not realize how hard it wouldbe, ‘Now, what I have to say, and remember I’m only an agent, I don’tspeak for myself, is that this young man has great expectations,’ Mr.Jaggers says this to Joe. I think this is saying that the boy willsoon have pressure on him and that he will have to work at it and thathe will have to live up to these expectations.
In the opening of the novel we meet the main character, Pip. We thenmeet the convict, Abel Magwitch. He has expectations of Pip. Firstlyhe wants Pip to bring him food, drink and a file, ‘now look here. Youbring me a file. You do know what that is? And bring me some food. Ifyou don’t, or if you tell anyone about me, I’ll cut your heart out.’As Pip is frightened he does what he is told. Pip did what Abel wantedas he, ‘ was dressed in all grey, with an iron chain on his leg. Hisclothes were wet and torn,’ this influenced Pip as he thought thatThis stranger would hurt or kill him so he does what is told, and Pip