The Main Characters

The Main Characters :Since Great Expectations is a bildungsroman novel, Pip is the main character in the
novel. Philip Pirrip known simply as 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 dreaming 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 has been present throughout the most important events of the novel.
her importance also comes 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 ; this meeting changed Pip’s life completely.