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The Characters – GE

Philip 'Pip' Pirrip

Greetings, I am Pip, the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, a coming-of-age tale set in the backdrop of Victorian England. My story begins with a chance encounter with an escaped convict, which sets off a chain of events that leads me to the grand but decaying Satis House, home to the mysterious Miss Havisham and her beautiful but cold-hearted adopted daughter, Estella. As I embark on a journey from humble beginnings to the life of a gentleman, I learn valuable lessons about ambition, love, social class, and what it truly means to be wealthy and happy. 

Miss Havisham

Greetings, I am Miss Havisham, a wealthy and enigmatic woman living in the decaying grandeur of Satis House. I am a pivotal character in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, a symbol of the corrupting power of bitterness and revenge. My life was forever altered when I was jilted at the altar, left with a broken heart and an insatiable desire for vengeance. In my quest for retribution, I adopted the beautiful Estella and raised her to break the hearts of men, using her as a weapon against the world that wronged me. My interactions with Pip, the novel’s protagonist, reveal the extent of my manipulation and its far-reaching consequences.



My name is Estella, and I am a complex blend of beauty, elegance, and detachment. Raised by the eccentric Miss Havisham, I have been molded into a creature of refinement, taught to break hearts with a single glance. Yet, beneath the polished facade lies a longing for something more, something genuine. 

Joe Gargery

How do you do? My name is Joe Gargery, a simple blacksmith with a heart of gold. I am Pip’s brother-in-law, and I’ve played a significant role in raising him after the death of his parents. Despite the harsh treatment from my wife, Pip’s sister, I always strive to be kind and supportive, acting as a moral compass in Pip’s life.

Mrs Joe Gargery

Hello, I am Mrs. Joe Gargery, Pip’s stern and short-tempered older sister, and the wife of the gentle blacksmith, Joe. Raising Pip has been my responsibility since our parents passed away, and I take pride in my role as his caretaker, even though my methods may be harsh at times.


Hello, I’m Compeyson, a deceitful and cunning individual whose actions have far-reaching consequences for multiple characters in Great Expectations. My past is intertwined with Magwitch, and my story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed and ruthlessness.

Bentley Drummle

I’m Bentley Drummle, a wealthy and ill-tempered young man who crosses paths with Pip during our time in London. My character highlights the flaws in social hierarchy and challenges the notion that wealth and status determine one’s worth.

Mr Jaggers

Greetings, I am Mr. Jaggers, a prominent and shrewd lawyer who oversees Pip’s transformation from a humble blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman. Through my actions and counsel, you’ll explore the complex legal and social systems of Victorian England.

Mr Wemmick

Hello there, I’m Mr. Wemmick, Mr. Jaggers’ trusted clerk, and a loyal friend to Pip. My dual life, split between my professional duties and my eccentric home life, illustrates the importance of striking a balance between work and personal relationships. 

Abel Magwitch

Hello there, I am Abel Magwitch, a convict whose life becomes intertwined with Pip’s after a fateful encounter on the marshes. Our paths cross again later in life, and my actions have a profound impact on Pip’s journey and his understanding of loyalty and gratitude.

Uncle Pumblechook

Welcome, I’m Uncle Pumblechook, a pompous and self-important relative of Pip and Mrs. Joe. My character serves as a satirical depiction of the shallow and materialistic values often associated with the aspiring middle class.