In what ways are the convict and Pip similar in Great Expectations?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition, both are accused and confounded by guilt.

Pip is nothing more than a normal kid. Don't most kids try stealing food? Or disobeying parents? But his guilt inhibits him, it plagues him and he wanders the house waiting for the accusations of his crime. This is an extremely difficult way to live.

Magwitch, on the other hand, deals with being accused and living with guilt on a regular basis from the forgeries and fraud of his past. The guarded information about Pip's benefactor throughout this piece keeps this mystery alive. Magwitch has good intentions for Pip as a result of wanting to finally do something good with his life. His guilt of previous sin drove him to act on behalf of the one person he met in his life that treated him well.

They both long for acceptance... Pip, Estella's. Magwitch, someone's... anyone's.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question was already asked and answered a while ago. Please use the link below to see the comparison points of the convict and Pip.

In addition to the similarities listed in the attached link, you could also write that both characters have been slighted in life because of their social class.  Pip does not feel good enough for Estella because of his lack of education and money.  The convict knows that he received a harsher punishment than Compeyson (the "gentleman") simply because he was uneducated and poor at the time of his trial.

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