Three Stages of Pip's Expectations in Jane Austen's Great Expectations
Three Stages of Pip’s Expectations in Jane Austen’s Great ExpectationsWhen Pip was a child, he was a contented young boy. He wanted to growup to be apprenticed to Joe and "had believed the forge as the glowingroad to manhood." He was a very sensitive child and afraid of doingsomething wrong this was shown when his guilty conscience along withhis imagination haunted him with images of him being caught after hestole food for the convict. His fear of doing wrong was made clearwhen he referred to the time they took to discover the stolen items as“prolonging my misery.” The way his conscience had to wrestle with theidea that he had done a good deed showed insecurity as well as beingafraid of doing wrong. He was an insecure child and would do anythingbut lose Joe’s love such as when he would not tell Joe about thestolen file.“The fear of losing Joe’s confidence, and thenceforth sitting in thechimney-corner at night, staring drearily at my forever lost companionand friend, tied up my tongue."After visiting Miss Havisham’s and meeting Estella, Pip began to thinkabout things he would not before. Estella insults him about his thickboots and coarse hands, before he would not have even thought that hehad had thick boots let alone the fact that it was a bad thing. Pipbecame upset by the fact that he was ignorant . . . read more.
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