One of Pip's most prominent characteristics is his desire for self-improvement. The characters Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick, and Herbert Pocket contribute in certain ways to this effort of Pip.
After Pip arrives in London in the Second Stage of Great Expectations , he is markedly disappointed in the grime of the city and dismal appearance of the office of Mr. Jaggers, which itself resembles the prison near it, the infamous Newgate. Jaggers, who is modeled by Dickens after a particularly unscrupulous lawyer that he knew, is connected to the motif of criminal injustice which prevails throughout the novel. He washes his hands with scented soap continually, signifying his desire, like that of Pontius Pilate, to remove the guilt and smell of crimes from himself. Along with the motif of criminality, Jaggers contributes to the guilt that haunts Pip. From the first day that Pip encountered Mr. Jaggers on the stairs at Satis...
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