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  • 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


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