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The importance of Mrs Joe in Great Expectations has two major parts the significance of the character and the symbolism of the character The signifance of Mrs Joe is to complete the figure of Joe The symbolism of Mrs Joe is actually the physical manifestation of Joes fears in combination with his desire for a commanding father-figure First Mrs Joes reign of terror is obviously necessary for Joes existence In the beginning of Great Expectations Joe requires identification as a major character Without the weakness that Mrs Joe instills in Joe via her reign of terror Joe never develops to a major character Joe is identified as a compassionate sensitive character and the most direct way to display this feature is to have the character appear vulnerable Mrs Joe serves as the tyrant for which Joe is made helpless Joe unless he is a scared character does not recognize the friend he has in Pip Without Joe as a major role in Pips life Pip also seems very incomplete Second Mrs Joe also serves as the comical interlude of an otherwise sombre When she had exhausted a torrent of such inquiries she threw a candlestick at Joe burst into a loud sobbing got out the dustpan -- which was always a very bad sign -- put on her coarse apron and began cleaning up to a terrible extent Not satisfied with a dry cleaning she took to a pail and scrubbing-brush and cleaned us out of house and home Truly a frightening creature is that that may destroy a household by cleaning when anger besets her Third the comedy also has a serious side though as we remember our mothers exerting their great frustrations upon the household tasks of cleanliness So Mrs Joe serves very well as a mother
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