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

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If your question refers to just the beginning of the novel, then there are not as many similarities.  Later, when Pip and the convict develop a relationship, more similarities come to light.  Here are some from the novel's beginning:

1. Both are lonely.  Pip is at the cemetery to spend time at his parents' and many deceased siblings' graves--before Christmas, and the convict really has no friend in the world.  He senses Pip's loneliness and is able to begin a tentative bond with him.

2. Both have a sense of loyalty.  Pip does not turn in the convict (mostly out of fear, but also because somehow he feels that the convict is a sympathetic character).  The convict does not tell anyone that he was aided by Pip (by his supplying food and a file to the convict).

3. Both are used to punishment--warranted or not.  Pip constantly faces Mrs. Joe's wrath and physical punishment, and the convict has been incarcerated and is willing to risk further punishment as long as the "young man" gets his due.

If you need the many similarities from later when the convict returns to England, please let me know.

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