Analysis Of ' Mister Pip ' By Lloyd Jones Essay
I believe migration can occur both physically and mentally to a person, and cause negative consequences. In Mister Pip, written by Lloyd Jones, all of the characters in the story migrate as a way to escape and deal with all the horrors of reality that they experience. In this novel, migration only ever negatively effects Matilda. She either has to deal with the negative ramifications of migration or experiences horrors and events first hand that leads to her own negative migration.
The first time that Matilda experiences the negative ramifications of migration is when she reflects upon her father’s moving to Australia and his transformation into a “white” man. This occurs when Mr. Watts and the children begin to save Great Expectations from extinction and Matilda connects with characters from Great Expectations and applies them to her own life. The negative ramifications are shown in Matilda’s mental monologue about her father:
The new job meant my father had more contact with the white Australians. His English was good. I know because on a visit to Arawa I had seen him talk and laugh with the Australians. The white men wore mustaches, sunglasses, and shorts and socks. Their stomachs were large. And my father was trying hard to be like them, the way he stuck his tummy out. He, too, placed his hands on his hips to turn himself into a teapot. But it was when I saw him smile a sly smile, a white man’s smile, that I knew. Well, maybe I am my mother’s daughter for…