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

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Pip and Magwitch are both outsiders. Magwitch is a career criminal, an outcast from decent, respectable society. For his part, Pip is never quite able to shake off his humble background as a "common laboring boy"—to use Estella's hurtful reproach—even as he cuts quite a dash as a man about town.

Guilt is a common theme throughout their respective lives. In providing a substantial sum of money to enable Pip to live the life of a gentleman, Magwitch is in some way atoning for his abandonment of Estella due to his pursuit of a life of crime. From an early age, Pip feels a nagging sense of guilt at having outlived his parents and five brothers. It is no wonder that he wants to be someone and be somewhere else. Yet even when he becomes a gentleman in London, guilt is never far away from Pip. He beats himself up over the snobbish way he treats Joe when Joe comes to visit.

Both men also come to realize that money is not everything and can never buy you happiness. Magwitch makes it big in Australia by becoming a successful, wealthy sheep-farmer. Despite this, he is still haunted by the demons of the past personified by the figure of the devious Compeyson. Pip initially enjoys his life as a moneyed young man of leisure in London but eventually understands how relatively unimportant it all is. What really matters in life is the love, companionship, and support that he can only truly receive from those who have always cared for him.

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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.

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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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