a character sketch of Pip in Dicken's "Great Expectations"

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Great Expectations:


Most people would assume that through age and maturation, a boy with

a wonderful heart and personality would further develop into a kind hearted,

considerate gentleman. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens provides his

readers with an example of a boy who regresses in certain aspects of his

personality rather than progressing as one would expect. Pip, a person who

had loved and revered his uncle Joe as a child, while maturing, finds that his

perspective on life has shifted. This boy, beginning life with a caring,

generous heart, regresses becoming a superficial, ungrateful man who is

ashamed of what he had once been.

Pip and Biddy had become the best of friends and felt very strongly

towards each other. However, once Pip had been introduced to Estella, he

was overcome by her beauty, and would never again be able to look at Biddy,

without feeling critical towards her.

Slowly, after coming into contact with

Estella, Pip was becoming superficial, as he was only interested in a girl's

appearance. Thinking of Biddy, Pip thought to himself, 'She was not

beautiful--She was common and could not be like Estella...' (p 600) Estella's

beauty had made Pip blind as to what was really important in a person. No

matter how coldly Pip was treated by Estella, he went on loving her only

because of her astounding beauty.

As Pip progressed in life, he became increasingly ungrateful to the

people that had raised and cared for him as a child. His disrespect was most

strongly shown towards Joe. Having not seen Joe for a number of years, Pip

shows that he would rather have continued his now prosperous life without

having anything to do with Joe, when he thinks, 'Let me confess with...