Great Expectations-Suffering

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“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broke, but-I-hope into a better shape” (Dickens). Throughout the novel Great Expectations, the character Pip is like a bird trying to fly, but can’t take off until he accepts himself as he is. Ironically, the woman who never loves him, the woman he loves, and the men who love him cause Pip the most suffering. Suffering from Mrs. Joe, the unrequited love of Estella, and guilt engulf Pip, but from his sufferings, he flourishes into a better character. Pips earliest childhood memories of Mrs. Joe were of her callous punishments, but from this, Pip grasps that just because someone is cruel, doesn’t mean he should …show more content…
Joe, unrequited love provoked Pip more internal suffering than anything else. For example, even as children, Estella would banter Pip, who says, “I took the opportunity of being alone in the courtyard to look at my coarse hands and common boots” after Estella bluntly indicates these flaws out in Pip (Dickens 64). Since he was a kid, he cried about it, but later took Estella's criticism and decided to become uncommon for her love. Obsession with becoming uncommon devours Pip, and confides in his peers for help on becoming uncommon just for the meager chance that Estella would love him. Also, years later Pip reminds Estella of the time she made him cry in the garden, she retorts, “that I have no heart-if that has anything to do with my memory” (Dickens 223). This devastates Pip because it provides him with more evidence of their one-sided their relationship because Estella can’t even recall one of the times she saddened Pip the most. Estella never paid attention to Pip then, so he makes it his preeminent priority to melt her heart of ice now. In addition, when Pip confesses his love for Estella, she counters him with “I am going to married to him” (Dickens 337). The reference is to Bentley Drummle who is Pips nemesis. Drummle disgusts Pip, and hearing Estella announce their marriage exasperates him. Pip wails and pleads Estella to not marry him because she deserves someone who truly loves her, which Pip believes is him. Estella disregards Pips proposal, but Pip …show more content…
Joe and unrequited love caused Pip to suffer, guilt was a considerable part of his suffering. For example, when Pip says, “long-suffering and loving Joe, you never complain” after Pip catches winds of how Pumblechook has claimed Pip's great expectations (Dickens 392). Anger overwhelms Pip because he knows first hand that Pumblechook had no influence on Pip's becoming a gentleman. Furthermore, when Magwitch dies Pip says, “O Lord, be merciful for him a sinner” (Dickens 427). Becoming a gentleman made Pip sacrifice his family and friends, and when Magwitch dies he feels he gave up everything and ended up with nothing. Additionally, when Pip is on his deathbed, he shuts down physically, emotionally and “had scarcely any money” (Dickens 429). Soon, however, Pip finds himself in the care of Joe, who pays off all of Pips debt. Confessing that he never appreciated Joe as much as he should have, Pip fathoms that he won't take Joe for granted ever again. In conclusion, after all the terrible things Pip did, Joe is still standing by his side like a true friend

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