Great Expectations, by Charles dickens is fascinating tale of love and fortune. The main character “Pip” is a dynamic character who undergoes many changes through the course of the book. Throughout this analysis the character Pip will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be surveyed.
The main character Pip is a gentle character. His traits include humble, kind, and loving. These traits are most likely the cause of his childhood poverty. In the beginning of the story, Pip is a mild mannered little boy who goes on his own humble life. That though will change as he meets Magwich; a thief and future benefactor. Pip’s kindness goes out too help the convict Magwich when he gives food and clothing to him. Magwich tells Pip that he’ll never forget his kindness and will remember Pip always and forever. This is the beginning of Pip’s dynamic change.
In order to make more money Pip’s uncle sends Pip to a psychotic old ladies house named Mrs. Havisham. Mrs. Havisham is a mean and nasty character who constantly bickers at Pip and tells him of his unimportance. Pip continues to be mild mannered and respectful to Mrs. Havisham yet he begins to see that he will never get ahead in life just being nice. Mrs. Havisham uses Pip as sort of a guinea pig to feel her passion of revenge against men. She does this by using her daughter Estella to torment Pip.
Pip’s first and only love is Estella. Estella is very mean and nasty to Pip. Although he receives verbal abuse from Estella, he continues to likes and will not stop liking her, he sees the good inside of her and will not stop until the good comes out. In contrast to her treatment of Pip as a child when she had called him a common laboratory boy with coarse hands and thick boots, she tries to explain to him that emotion is something that she is incapable of feeling. The fact of that is evidence of his illusion, not her cruelty. He sees that he cannot control Estella and that life is not fair, and he develops a bitterness towards it.
Pip’s dream of becoming a gentleman comes true when his old friend Magwich comes back to become his benefactor. As his benefactor he funds Pip in his academic studies and makes Pip a gentleman. Through this Pip’s dream becomes true and he starts to act like a snob even though he truly isn’t. His attitude changes and he becomes “Stuck up” and the exact opposite that he was in his childhood. This is evidence of a dynamic change in the story.
After many years, Pip who is a changed man sees his old love Estella. There he becomes in love with her again even though she explains that she cannot feel any feelings for him. To make a long story short, they fall in love, and that causes him to revert back to his old self; a gentle, kind, mild mannered person who sees only the good in people.
In conclusion the character Pip is a great example of a very dynamic character. This story was pretty typical of Charles Dickens because as everyone knows he despises rich folk.