Practise Essay- Mr Pip-
Prompt: “Why is Pip so important to Matilda?”
The novel 'Mister Pip' by Lloyd Jones was set in the early 1990s on Bougainville Island in the Pacific Ocean, in the middle of a civil war. A blockade was imposed around the island, proclaiming that no one can enter nor leave. The vast majority of non-natives fled the island except for one eccentric white man with “large eyes bulging out of his large head”, Mr. Watts who the Bougainvilleans called “Pop Eye”. We are later introduced to the protagonist of the novel, a curious, “skinny, thirteen year old” named Matilda. As all the teachers had fled the island, Mr Watts took on the role of teaching the children, even though, all he knew was Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. A book in which Matilda finds she can easily slip into like a t-shirt and escape from reality. As Mr Watts reads Great Expectations and the book proceeds, Matilda discovers she can connect with the main character, Pip, as if it was her own life being retold but only in a different way. While Matilda has been given the opportunity to learn at school, Pip has been given the opportunity to learn to become a gentlemen. In which they both have known suffering from the way Pip lost his parents and Matilda's dad left overseas, the connection between them grows stronger each page. Both dreaming of escape, Pip was granted his wish by Mr Jaggers. Just when Matilda thought the connection between the two of them broke, Matilda was transported away, far from the island.
“Ged up, Matilda. You've got school today.” “But we have no teachers.” “You do now. Pop Eye is going to teach you kids.” This gave Matilda the opportunity to learn at school once again, even if Mr Watts wasn't a proper teacher. At this point, Pip was given the opportunity to learn to become a gentlemen. When Mr Watts starts teaching the class, he introduces them to Great Expectations. “I have found a new friend. The surprising thing is where I found him... in...
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