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To illustrate the themes of a novel authors will often have a character undergo several major changes throughout the story In Great Expectations Charles Dickens creates many intriguing and unforgettable characters including the callous Miss Havisham the sharp and crude lawyer Mr Jaggers and the benevolent Abel Magwitch However Great Expectations is the story of Pip and his dreams and consequential disappointments that him lead to become a genuinely decent man The significant changes that Pips character goes through portray the novels many themes Dickens uses Pips descent from an inoffensive boy into a proud gentleman and his final redemption as a good-natured person to demonstrate that unrealistic hopes and expectations can lead to undesirable qualities The reader is first introduced to Pip in the marshes as he visits his dead and buried parents Dickens draws the readers sympathy toward the caring innocent boy Pip meets a convict--one that will have a huge impact on Pips adult life Pip while terrified is obedient to the convicts every demand answering him respectfully with yes sir Even though he helps the convict obtain food and nourishment the reader still greatly sympathizes with Pip for one can see how his little robbery affects his conscience When Mrs Joe leaves the Sunday dinner to bring out the savoury pork pie Pip is distressed by his actions Jackson 174 his mind screams Must they Let them not hope to taste it Dickens 27 He seems to genuinely regret what he has done and the fact that he had been too cowardly to avoid doing what he knew to be wrong Dickens 40 Several years have passed and Pip remains an innocent caring boy One night when Pip and Joe are alone at the forge they talk about Mrs Joe Afterward Pip realizes how he cares deeply for Joe and appreciates all the support he has given him Also he develops a new admiration of Joe from that night
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