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Why is it that Magwitch asked that Pip "always bear the name of Pip" to receive his...

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lauramichelle278 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM via web

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Why is it that Magwitch asked that Pip "always bear the name of Pip" to receive his financial support?

"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 18, 2009 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

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For three possible reasons Magwitch has Pip asnwer to his childhood name when he receives financial support in "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.  First, if Pip remains as Pip, then Magwitch can again locate and then encounter the young man if he should wish to reveal his identity.  Secondly, Magwitch may hope that if Pip has changed his name, he will realize that the benefactor who sends him money must have known him only as a small child since others may call him another name. Thirdly, Magwitch may wish Pip to not be sure whether he or someone else are his benefactor.  In this way, Pip will not be able to search for his benefactof.

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