Great Expectations

How is the presence of the world of crime related to Pip’s conscience? Is Pip guilty?


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From the time Pip helps the convict, he feels guilty. Even though the convict could have given away Pip when he was arrested, the convict chooses not to do so. For this reason, Pip escapes to go on and have a better life. However, the fact that he has to deal with Jaggers (a lawyer who deals with criminals) gives the reader a sense that criminals are never far. Ultimately, Pip has to face the fact that criminals have, in fact, supported his change to a gentleman.

Like Joe, the beginning of the story sees Pip guilty of the crime of omission. Unfortunately, it is this small crime that will always leave his conscience open to feelings of guilt and fear of prison.


Great Expectations