Great Expectations: Chapter Analysis

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At the start of Great Expectations Pip Pirrip is an inexperienced child, who is unaware of what is around him. He views the world as a safe place and underestimates the capabilities of the people around him. His curiosity and naivety have prevented him from not yet realizing the different types of people and the dangerous actions the human race is capable of. After being threatened by one of the men who escaped a prison ship, he is still curious as to what prison ships are, as well as the kinds of people who are sent to them. In chapter 2 Pip states ““I wonder who’s put into prison ships, and why they’re put there?” Said I, in a general way, and with great desperation.” During this time Pip has been ignored much by his sister, Mrs. Joe, which …show more content…
In such situations Pip fears responsibility and would rather “run away” from his problems than face them as an adult. Chapter 4 Pip expresses his fear of being caught by his sister, Mrs. Joe, “I felt I could bear no more, and that I must run away. I released the leg of the table, and ran for my life” It is evident that Pip regrets stealing the pie to give to Magwitch, yet he does not consider admitting what he has done. Pip’s diction supports his immaturity and helps one better understand the type of child Pip was. He uses “run away” as if it is to be the best alternative for dealing with his situation, strongly supporting the idea of Pip being naive. Pip has also given into Magwitch’s threat out of his fear towards the “other man”, rather than seeking help from his family or even the soldiers, even when given the opportunity to do the more mature …show more content…
He gradually becomes aware of the actions and aspires to become like the good men around him. In chapter 17 Pips conversation with Biddy elaborate this idea after Pip expressed “”Biddy”, said I, after binding her to secrecy, “I want to be a gentleman.” Even though Pip’s main goal is not specifically labeled under a certain category, his one intention is to become a more mature person. This shows the reader that he has reached a point in his life where he is growing out of immaturity and is pursuing something greater. Rather than wanting material objects Pip is learning the value of being a well rounded individual, he has realized that in order to have a chance with Estella he must be the kind of man for

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