What Shapes Pip’s Character in Great Expectations? Essay

2440 Words 10 Pages
What influences shape young Pip’s Character in Great Expectations

In the book ‘Great Expectations’, Dickens describes many different aspects of Pip’s young life, which may have influenced him into becoming what he was at the end of the first part of the book. We see that he is influenced by his strange and remarkable relationships with his sister, Mrs Joe Gargery and his relationship with Miss Havisham and his meeting with the convict. The experiences of Dickens may have been why he choose to describe influences like these, because he would’ve seen these sorts of things which would have influenced children in Victorian times, like a child becoming an apprentice, just like Pip; and after all, all children find their influences
…show more content…
I also believe that this strict upbringing shaped Pip’s life because inevitably this cruelty from his sister brought him in turn closer to
Joe, who became his friend in later life, “ Ever the best of friends; ain’t us Pip,” Now by being closer to Joe he gained firstly a close and trustworthy friend, an apprentiship and many other things which shaped his life in years to come.

This in fact leads on to my next point that he may have been influenced by his very unique relationship with Joe, this sort of trusting relationship is very odd for Victorian times because an adult would never associate with a child and would never really be as close as Joe was to Pip. This relationship, may have influenced his life in various ways. It may have made him more adventurous because he knew he had a person to fall back on if everything went wrong and probably more importantly it gave him a secure job by being apprentice to Joe and being trained to become a blacksmith. “ When I was old enough, I was to be apprenticed top Joe.” This sort of career also influenced him when he met Estella because it made him feel inadequate and in turn made him strive to be better than just a labouring boy. This relationship with Joe may have also influenced his decision when he was asked to go to London and go with Mr Jaggers. This in turn may have made him go, because after all Joe was very supporting of

Related Documents