Great Expectations 2


Before Charles Dickens story of Great Expectations begins, Pip’s parents and brothers are killed. Pip’s sister, his only living relative, becomes his guardian, and she marries the blacksmith Joe Gargery. Joe and Pip form a very close relationship. However, neither Joe nor Pip embrace a father-son relationship. Since Joe and Pip do not sustain a father-son relationship, but rather stay as two good friends, Joe’s values of honesty and hard work are not communicated to Pip. However, the failure of Joe’s values to be communicated to Pip, do not reflect poorly on Pip, but rather, show the impossibility to expect that that should happen. Joe does not adopt a role as ...

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young fellow,” he continues, without a breath, and asks if Joe would like compensation. By not stopping to ask if Pip’s removal would be permissible, Jaggers assumes, and correctly, that it would not be a problem. Joe does not interrupt Jaggers to say that it would be a problem, and, in doing so, gives pip away without a thought. Would a father give away his son, even if it was to the son’s benefit, without a thought? The reason that Joe does not interject is that he has not embraced the role of father. However, he clearly does act as a friend would. Had Joe been Pip’s father, or even acted as such, it would have been appropriate for Joe to determine whether or not Pip can leave. However, since Joe acts as Pip’s friend, it is not his place to make this decision. Joe does not only passively take this role, though. He also behaves as Pip’s friend. Joe forcefully takes on the role of friend when he tells Jaggers that “Pip is that hearty ...

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his friend. Although Pip accepts Joe as his friend, we do see Pip consider Joe to be his father. Two values that are very important to Joe are honesty and hard work. After Pip lies top everyone about his experience at Havisham’s, he confesses to Joe and responds with a life lesson for Pip. ‘There’s one thing you may be sure of, Pip,’ said Joe, after some rumination, ‘namely, that lies is lies. However they come, they didn’t ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same. Don’t you tell no more of ‘em, Pip. That ain’t the way to get out of being common, old chap.’ (71). Honesty is one of the most ...

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