Joe Gargery quotes for essay - needed ASAP Hello! I am writing a paper about the 1st section (chapters 1-19) of Great Expectations which needs at least 3 quotes/examples of how even though Joe...

Joe Gargery quotes for essay - needed ASAP

Hello! I am writing a paper about the 1st section (chapters 1-19) of Great Expectations which needs at least 3 quotes/examples of how even though Joe Gargery is a simple man, he is rich in character. Thanks for any help in advance! :)

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In Chapter VII, Pip has been attending Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt's school and learning his alphabet and how to write.  One night he exerts great effort in writing a letter to Joe; when he gives this letter to Joe, Pip realizes that Joe is illiterate. So, Pip asks Joe why he never attended school, and Joe explains that he went to work at an early age. Then, Joe confides in Pip that Mrs. Joe would not like it if her were to put on airs and be "a scholar."

Young as I was, I believe that i dated a new admiration of Joe from that night.  We were equals afterward....I had a new sensation of feeling conscious that I was looking up to Joe in my heart.

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There are some good descriptions of Joe in chapter 2.  For example, Joe is described in the beginning of the chapter this way.

He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow—a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness.

Joe is strong and weak at the same time.  He is strong physically, but he also does not stand up to his wife.  He is weak-willed.

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