Pip's Guilt

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Pip’s Guilt

Honors Literature
Freshman

The book “Great Expectations” is a memoir of an old man’s journey through his life. As he describes the stories and anecdotes he had experienced, he also showed us his difficulties with finding an objective in life. He had many difficulties with finding a role in life. The biggest issue that Pip faces often is his own guilt; he often regrets half of the things he does, and new problems always seem to just present themselves to Pip that send his guilt skyrocketing every single time. Pip has had to face with guilt Pip faces guilt right from the beginning of the novel, when he meets the escaped convict. At first he his threatened by the convict, but after he finds out that Pip is an orphan, the convict empathizes, and eases up on his threats while still keeping up his threatening demeanor. Pip ends up helping the convict by getting food for him; he appears to do this out of compassion for the convict, not fear. When Pip returns with food for the convict, it turns out there was another escapee waiting there too. With no sign of the other convict; this convict takes all of Pip’s food and the file so he can break free of the shackles. As Pip runs away and approaches his house, he feels a great amount of guilt for helping the convict; if he chose to run away from the start he could’ve avoided this problem. This guilt gets increasingly worse when he gets home because of the big Pre-Christmas Dinner at his house. People like Uncle Pumblechook, and Mr. Wopsle are present there and hell breaks loose, at least it seemed that way for Pip! The first incident that occurs is when Pumblechook asks for brandy, but Pip is afraid because he switched the Brandy with tar-water

earlier to give some of the brandy to the convict. The impeding guilt that resides within Pip is so strong that he gets a panic attack whenever is secret is close to being revealed. After the Dinner, Pip feels an even stronger sense of guilt for the convict,...
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