Study type: Novel
Novel: Mr Pip
Author: Lloyd Jones
Mr Pip is a novel by written by Lloyd Jones is a story told by Matilda a young girl who lives on the South Pacific tropical island of Bougainville. The islanders are living in fear because they are living in a civil war between the rebels and the Redskins. Mr. Watts or “Pop Eye” as the children call him, is the only last white man on the island and he volunteers to teach the village children. He reads Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations to the children, who are fascinated by it. Matilda is especially engrossed by it and by the story of the white boy “Pip” whose story is a lot like hers. Matilda’s mother Dolores believes in traditional ideas. She believes in the island traditional God. Dolores does not like the idea of other cultures educating the children of the island. Matilda and Dolores become emotionally separated but Dolores mother love for Matilda conquers all.
A few characters in this novel helped the readers to deepen their understanding of the key idea of this novel. The characters that help the readers understand the key idea are Matilda, Delores and Mr Watts.
Dolores is Matilda’s mother and she helped me understand the idea of sacrifice and mothers love. This was shown in the novel when the red skins was going to kill Matilda. Dolores begged to be killed instead so that Matilda could escape. Dolores beg the red skins ‘’let the girl go, take me instead.’’ This event shows that Dolores is a true example of a mother. Dolores is willing to give her life up in place of her daughter without hesitation which help the reader to understand the idea of sacrifice and mothers love. Dolores may be view as a character that is scary and strict but she has a strong love for her daughter Matilda and wishes the best thing for her.
Another Character that helps me understand the key idea of this novel is Mr Watts. Mr ...
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