Great Expectations

The second to last paragraph in chapter 27 is one of the most important in the entire novel. What feelings does it create? Explain Joe's metaphor, "Life is made of ever so many partings welded together...Diwisions amongst must come, and must be met as suc

h." Do you agree with his philosophy?


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Joe's words convey a sense of complete sadness. We feel for Joe and the way he is treated by Pip. In addition, most of us fail to like Pip at this moment..... his behavior was cruel, and yet, Joe does not admonish him because he loves him unconditionally. The divisions Joe speaks of are the differences in their circumstances, thus, he'd rather Pip come to the forge and visit with him where he will not embarrass him..... where he can be natural.


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