Character analysis of Pip

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  • PIP- The character and the narrator
    • retrospective view, seems like Pip's confession. it hints at an apology for all the bad actions he committed which were against his morals
      • Omnipotent narrator
    • Dickens subtly distinguishes between Pip the narrator and pip the character to enhance the bildungsroman genre
      • Dickens uses this change in him to convey to the audience how they themselves can change like Pip, and realise that in this 1800s society, one's social position is not the most important quality to possess
      • Moral regeneration at the end- he thinks less of himself and more about others
    • Self aware narrator, his thoughts, feelings and attitude shape the readers perspective of the novel
    • "portrait of real psychological depth and complexity"
    • Pip's desire to self improve stems from visits to Satis House- innocence is annihalted
      • pip's idealism leads him to percieve the world narrowly and his tendancy to oversimplify situations is based on superficial beliefs
        • Causes him to act badly towards those that he loves the most
        • From the start Pip has had strong moral values which become unmasked, they are never really lost, especially when he focuses on Magwitch and not Estella
    • Self conscious narrator, he shows slef criticism and regret as her deters himself from being the person he was before
    • As a character his most important traits are his immature, romantic idealism and innately good conscience
      • Evidently seen where he helps out magwitch and a relationship begins to blossom
        • Magwitch and Pip share a common loneliness and marginalization from society - the escaped convict and the orphan boy


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