Great Expectations Characters
Pipthe narrator as well as the protagonist of the story. Pip is an orphan being raised by his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband, Mr. Joe Gargery, a blacksmith.
Mrs. Joe Gargerya bitter, angry woman who brings up Pip "by hand." That is, she whips him whenever she can and complains about what a burden he is while she does it.
Mr. Joe Gargerya kind, if browbeaten, blacksmith. Though he is theoretically Pip's adoptive father, Pip sees him as an equal and a friend. Joe is uneducated and perhaps a little slow but he understands the important things in life.
Mr. Wopslethe village church clerk whose dream it is to get on the pulpit and preach as he considers himself an excellent speaker. As it is, he becomes an actor.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubblesimple, silly folks from Pip's village. Mr. Hubble is a wheelwright.
Uncle PumblechookJoe's uncle, a well-to-do corn-chandler in the village. He considers himself upper-class and is actually a bombastic fool.
Mr. Wopsle's great auntruns the so-called school in town out of a cottage. A "ridiculous old lady."
Biddya kind, intelligent girl Pip's age who works for Mr. Wopsle's great aunt at the school. Later, she comes to work for Joe taking care of Mrs. Joe Gargery.
Miss Havishama strange, wrinkled up lady who never sees the sunlight and never gets out of her bridal gown. She's actually a very cold hearted, yet wealthy, lady who lives just outside the village in a the Satis House.
EstellaMiss Havisham's adopted daughter. Cold and very proud but very beautiful. She's about Pip's age and is the love of Pip's life.
GeogianaAging relatives of Miss Havisham who don't have an inch of love for the woman but are greedy for her money. They buzz around Miss Havisham like flies.
Sarah PocketAging relatives of Miss Havisham who don't have an inch of love for the woman but are greedy for her money. They buzz around Miss Havisham like flies.
Cousin RaymondAging relatives of Miss Havisham who don't have an inch of love for the woman but are greedy for her money. They buzz around Miss Havisham like flies.
CamillaAging relatives of Miss Havisham who don't have an inch of love for the woman but are greedy for her money. They buzz around Miss Havisham like flies.
Orlicka gruff evil man that Joe employs around the forge. He seems to hate just about everybody, but has a crush on Biddy.
Matthew PocketMiss Havisham's cousin, but not one of her relatives that is greedy. Matthew Pocket has charge of nine children, two nurses, and a pretty but useless wife. He also tutors young gentlemen, including Pip.
Herbert PocketMatthew's son. An extremely cheerful and honest boy about Pip's age. He become Pip's best friend in London.
Jaggersrational and seemingly emotionless lawyer for Miss Havisham and for Pip. He is an excellent speaker and logician, however, and specializes in getting criminals light sentences.
WemmickJaggers' stiff clerk by day, esoteric and generous man in private. Wemmick lives in a cottage he fashioned into a castle and fights to divide his public and private life. Wemmick becomes a good friend of Pip's (in private).
The "Aged"Wemmick's elderly, and quite deaf, relative (of unknown relations). The Aged lives with Wemmick in his castle and is quite happy when you nod at him.
The "Avenger"Pip's servant boy who Pip finds more of a nuisance than a help. Pip never has enough for him to do, so the Avenger always seems to be standing around.
Drummleanother student and boarder of Matthew Pocket. He is a moody, disgruntled "spider" but comes from an upper-class family.
Startopanother student and boarder of Matthew Pocket. He is a good friend of Pip's.
Miss SkiffinsWemmick's sweetheart.
ClaraHerbert secret sweetheart. She is secret because Herbert knows his mother would say she is below his "station." She's actually a sweet, fairy-like girl who takes care of her dying drunk of a father.
Magwitchthe convict that Pip helps at the beginning of the movie. He later returns as Pip's benefactor under the name of Provis. He is a rough ex-con, but seems to have a good heart.
CompeysonMagwitch's mortal enemy and the other convict Pip saw in the marshes fighting with Magwitch. Compeyson is a gentlemanly swindler who was the fiancé that swindled Miss Havisham out of her heart.
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