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Great Expectations | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations.

Great Expectations | Characters

Character Description
Pip Pip is raised by his sister and her blacksmith husband, becomes a gentleman through the support of a mysterious benefactor, and is tortured by the desire to marry Estella. Read More
Estella Estella is Miss Havisham's adopted daughter who has been groomed to break men's hearts but tries to spare Pip. Read More
Miss Havisham Miss Havisham is a wealthy woman who remains secluded in her decaying house, brooding about her broken heart and seeking vengeance on men. Read More
Magwitch Abel Magwitch is a convict who becomes the benefactor of Pip. Read More
Joe Gargery Joe Gargery is a blacksmith who is a close friend of Pip. Read More
Aged P. The Aged P. is the elderly, deaf father of Mr. Wemmick.
Bentley Drummle Bentley Drummle is a snobbish, brutish gentleman who comes from a rich family and marries Estella.
Biddy Biddy is an orphan who becomes Pip's friend and marries Joe.
Compeyson Compeyson is Magwitch's archenemy who tracks Magwitch in England.
Dolge Orlick Dolge Orlick is Joe's assistant who envies Pip's preferential treatment.
Herbert Pocket Herbert Pocket is a young gentleman who becomes good friends with Pip.
Matthew Pocket Matthew Pocket, father of Herbert Pocket, tutors Pip.
Miss Skiffins Miss Skiffins is the fiancée and eventual wife of Mr. Wemmick.
Molly Molly is Mr. Jaggers's house servant and the wife of Magwitch.
Mr. Jaggers Mr. Jaggers is Pip's guardian and the lawyer of Miss Havisham.
Mrs. Camilla Mrs. Camilla is a relative of Miss Havisham, who feigns affection for the recluse to inherit her money.
Mrs. Joe Mrs. Joe is Pip's older sister and Joe's wife who often beats young Pip.
Mrs. Pocket Mother of Herbert Pocket, Mrs. Pocket dreams of living in upper-class society.
Mr. Wopsle Mr. Wopsle is a church clerk and a friend of Mrs. Joe's who goes to London and becomes an actor.
Sarah Pocket A relative of Miss Havisham, Sarah Pocket pretends to love the recluse to inherit her money.
Startop Startop is a fellow student of Pip's who helps Pip try to get Magwitch out of the country.
Trabb's boy An assistant to the tailor Mr. Trabb, Trabb's boy makes fun of Pip about his new social status.
Uncle Pumblechook Uncle Pumblechook is Pip's uncle who tries to take credit for Pip becoming a gentleman.
Wemmick Wemmick is Jaggers's clerk who befriends Pip.
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