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Character Sketches

             Pip "Philip Pirrip" - He is the main character, protagonist and narrator of Great Expectations and lives in the marsh country of Kent, in south-east England He begins the story as an orphan boy being raised by his sister and her husband, which is Mrs. Joe and Joe Gargery. Pip is passionate, romantic, and somewhat unrealistic at heart, and he tends to expect more for himself than is reasonable. He is very generous as which can be seen throughout the book; with him helping Magwitch and secretly buying Herbert's way into business, etc. Pip also has a powerful conscience and deeply wants to improve himself to be the best he can be: morally, socially and educationally. He is the most important character of this novel and I think understanding Pip's character, gives you a better understanding of "Great Expectations." He has essential love for all who have love for him. He judges his past actions extremely harsh, rarely giving himself credit for good deeds he has done. After meeting Miss Havisham and Estella, Pip's desire for advancement overcomes his basic goodness and after receiving his mysterious fortune, his wishes seemed to have been supported, and he makes himself a gentlemen. Pip is a man that all through his young life tries to better himself because he is ashamed of who he is, and where he came from. He learns that one's social position is not the most important quality in life and the way he was acting caused him to hurt a lot of people in his life. Once he has learned his "lessons," he matures into a man who narrated the novel, completing this bildungsroman. Pip is forced to realize that money does not make you happy, and that it cannot buy what he wants most, Estella's love. He is ever-changing throughout the book, showing his good qualities and bad, and all that life has to offer and what it can change. .
             2. Estella - Miss Havisham's beautiful daughter, (raised by her since she was three) and she is Pip's love of live.

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