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One of the most important and common tools that authors use to illustrate the themes of their works is a character that undergoes several major changes throughout the story In Great Expectations Charles Dickens introduces the reader to many intriguing and memorable characters including the eccentric recluse Miss Havisham the shrewd and careful lawyer Mr Jaggers and the benevolent convict Abel Magwitch However without a doubt Great Expectations is the story of Pip and his initial dreams and resulting disappointments that eventually lead to him becoming a genuinely good man The significant changes that Pips character goes through are very important to one of the novels many themes Dickens uses Pips deterioration from an innocent boy into an arrogant gentleman and his redemption as a good-natured person to illustrate the idea that unrealistic hopes and expectations can lead to undesirable traits In the beginning of the novel Pip is characterized as a harmless caring boy who draws much sympathy from the reader even though he is at that point content with his common life The reader most likely develops warm and sympathetic feelings toward Pip after only the first two pages of the novel which introduce the fact that Pips parents are dead and buried and that the orphan has never seen any likeness of either of them Charles Dickens Great Expectations New York Penguin Putnam Inc 1998 p 1 Pips confrontation with the convict presents his harmless innocent nature As Magwitch first seizes the young boy Pip simply responds Oh Dont cut my throat sir Pray dont do it sir p 2 Then Pip is forced into submitting to the convicts demands mainly due to his naive fear of Magwitchs fictitious companion who has a secret way pecooliar to himself of getting at a boy and at his heart and at his liver p 4 Even though he aids the convict the readers sympathy for Pip soon increases as his robbery of his own
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