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Child Characters in Great Expectations The first portion of Dickens' novel, fantastic Expectations, is an account of the childhood of, Pip, the main character of the novel. In these beginning chapters Dickens paints an extremely vivid picture of childhood. The reader is able to enter Pip's head and see the world through the eyes of a young child. This is possible because Dickens knew the thoughts and feelings of children and implemented this to Pip's every thought and action after he wrote the novel. Dickens had a clear gift for producing child characters in his works. The term "pip" itself refers to some seed from a plant. Seeds need to be nurtured if they are to grow and flourish. In order to comprehend both Dickens' talent and his compulsion to write about kids it significant to understand that through the characters in his books he took up the plight of all children. In Dickens' view of youth, he felt that kids have certain requirements: guidance in a nurturing home, to be free from physical and psychological abuse, to have a good education, and also to be permitted to use their imaginations. For kids to be successful in life he believed that these needs must be fulfilled. Throughout his portrayal of child characters from the novel, Great Expectations, Dickens' shows how adults rarely, nor satisfactorily provided for the specific needs that kids have. Dickens frequently wrote about kids in his stories who were crippled, such as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. But, Dickens decided to create the majority of his primary child characters with no bodily maladies. As Collins points out, these figures were impeded emotionally somehow: "Most of his child heroes and heroines are born noise in wind and limb...