The Negative Ramifications Of Migration In Mister Pip By Lloyd Jones

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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
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I feel that she says this in a way that there is no possible way for them to every be together again and that he will never be her father again. The second part of the quote that stand out to me is when Matilda talks about how her father “place his hands on his hips to turn himself into a teapot”. In Matilda’s world, a teapot in a white thing, a very separate thing from her as she is black and that with this transformation she loses her father because there is the great chasm between black and white. In this quote, I feel that she almost talks about her father as if he died since he no longer is her father to her but a “white man”. That is the first time that we see Matilda deal with the negative ramifications of

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