- Joe Gargery
- He is married to Mrs Joe, protects pip and is the local blacksmith
- It seems a fitting occupation for Dickens wishes to depict. The job is hard and skill is needed though there is no formal learning
- Biddy's patience with Joe succeeds where Pip has failed as he learns to read and write.
- very kind and caring to pip, treats him like his own son, providing the perfect fatherly figure
- As a blackmith, Joe is physically strong which causes readers to be amused by the picture of Mrs Joe's constant assaults upon him
- Joe's big size is metaphorical for his moral stature- he knows he can do well with the life he has and is content
- Always loyal to Pip- pure christian man. Pip and Biddy point the reader to his virtues