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Essay on Identity Development at Great Expectations

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Great Expectations informs the ultimate rags to riches story of the Orphan Pip. Dickens takes his readers through life altering events that finally mold the identity of the main character. Dividing these events into segments will offer the basis for interpreting which occasions had the most profound impact on Pip's identity near the end of the novel. These life-changing events offer the catalyst to the evolution of Pip's character from childhood, his adolescence, maturing into a social gentleman, and eventually turning into a self-aware man of society. The publication opens with Pip at a church cemetery explaining the origin of his title and considering how his parents would seem if they had been alive. Early in the novel, Dickens starts setting up small components of Pip's identity by telling the reader that he is an orphan and as a child he has a vivid imagination which enables him to envision his deceased parents according to their names. Afterward, Pip encounters the convict, whom he calls "my convict" through the publication. This experience places Pip into a situation in which he fears for his life after the convict threatens his life several times, but also shows how innocent Pip is although he constantly blames himself for any misfortune that happens in his life. Little does Pip know his meeting with the convict will change his life for the better and much worse. In the text, the convict ask Pip to deliver him "wittles" along with a "document", by which Pip agrees to his demands partially because Pip is fearful of the convict and because he feels some feeling of sympathy for the convict (Dickens 5). This sympathy is expounded upon once the police conduct a man search for the convict, which makes Pip question his loyalty to his loved ones and od...

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