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by Charles Dickens

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What is a description of Pip?

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One thing to keep in mind is that Pip is narrating this story as an older man, and he is telling readers about his earlier life. This essentially makes Pip two different people. One person is Pip the narrator. The other is Pip the character. Pip the narrator is a much wiser and mature sort of character that doesn't hesitate to point out the errors of his earlier self. Pip is also an incredibly dynamic and round character. A reader could just about apply any personality trait to Pip, and chances are Pip displays it at some point. Despit that, I think that two main character traits can be seen in Pip. He is an innately good character. In addition to his innate goodness, Pip is also quite idealistic. He believes that self improvement is both possible and quite attainable. Interestingly, it is the interaction of Pip's goodness and idealism that provides tension and conflict throughout the book because doing what is right and good often involves helping other people, and that is often at odds with idealistic pursuits.

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