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The Main Characters :
Great Expectations is a bildungsroman novel, Pip is the main character in the
novel. Philip Pirrip ,Pip, is among the most remembered characters
in the English literature. He undergoes a process of moral and psychological
growth throughout the novel. In the beginning , we encounter Pip the child who is
an orphan living with his sister and her husband . Pip is naïve and has many good
inner qualities; for instance, he helps an escaped convict by bringing him some
food and a file from his home. Pip remains the same until he meets with Estella in
Satis House. After her harsh criticism of his social status and his low educational
level, Pip makes a decision to better his life to be worthy of her. He starts
educating himself in Mr. Wopsle’s aunt school. He starts to dream of becoming a
gentlemen to make her love him and be his wife. His relationship with the people
who love him changes completely. He is no more in a good relationship with his
best friend Joe. He, even, feels ashamed of his family and his home. After his
inheritance of the fortune and his departure to London, Pip forgets about his
family; when he visits kent , he does not go to see them. Pip spends several years
in London learning how to become a gentlemen. He becomes in fact a gentlemen,
but he lost the love of his family. Even Estella, for whom he did all this, kept
treating him as bad as the usual. Pip changes after his acknowledgment of multiple
events he was not aware of. First, Miss Havisham is not his benefactor. She raised
Estella to take revenge of men, so he was Estella’s first person to practice on.
Second, Magwitch is the one behind his fortune , which is indeed corrupted. Third,
Joe comes to take care of him after he gets sick. All this incidents had a great
influence on Pip, so he decided to change. Pip realizes that family and friendship
are more important than superficial appearances and gentility.

The second most important character in Great Expectations is Miss Havisham.
This character was present throughout the most important events of the novel.
Her importance also came from the role she played in Pip’s development. She,
first, invited him to her house to play there. Then, she introduced him to her
adopted daughter: Estella ; that meeting changed Pip’s life completely. Miss
Havisham is a wealthy noble woman living in an old mansion named Satis House.
She never gets out of her room since her wedding day’s incident,when she was told
that her fiance would not be coming. This left a profound impact on her life and
ruined her trust for men. From that moment she decided to take revenge from all
men; She adopted Estella and raised her to be her ultimate tool of punishing the
opposite sex. Miss Havisham invited Pip to her house to play, but she had the
intention of making him a victim for Estella to practice on. She kept manipulating
Pip to love Estella despite her harsh critic of him. Miss Havisham is a very
controversial character due to the way Charles Dickens portrayed her in the
novel. Some readers consider her a villain because of all the suffering she brought
to Pip’s life as a young boy. Others consider her to be a victim of society regarding
the suffering and the betrayal she experienced as lover of a criminal. The certain
thing is that Miss Havisham is one of the most memorable characters of the
English literature.

The third most important character in Great Expectations is Estella . A young and
beautiful young lady adopted by Miss Havisham. She was brought up to be harsh
and cold towards men in particular. Estella played a critical role in the
development of Pip’s character. After their first meeting in Satis House , Pip was
mesmerized by her beauty and felt in love with her. She kept mocking his way of
dressing ,manners, and his educational level . Pip tried to improve his life in
general to be worthy of her, but she showed him no sign of admiration even when
he inherited the fortune . This proved that Estella’s upbringing was very bad that
she does not have any feeling of sympathy or love towards the people who cared
about her. Many readers tend to agree that Estella should not be blamed for what
she did to Pip; In fact, she is only a victim of Miss Havisham’s cultivation.

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