Characters of Great Expectations.



The protagonist and narrator of Great Expectations, Pip begins the story as a young orphan boy being raised by his sister and brother-in-law in the marshes of northern Kent.

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

 Opening lines of Great Expectations.


Mr. Joe Gargery.

Joe is Pip’s brother-in-law and the village blacksmith. He lives with his abusive and overbearing, abusive wife, simply known as Mrs. Joe.


Mrs. Joe Gargery.

Pip’s sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery is not refrerred to by her first name in the novel and simply “Mrs. Joe”.


Miss Havisham.

A wealthy, eccentric old woman who lives in the huge but run-down mansion Satis House near Pip’s village. Abandoned by her intended husband on her wedding day, she lays waste to the buildings and grounds, even stopping the clocks at the exact time she learned of her lover’s betrayal (twenty minutes to nine).



Miss Havisham’s beautiful young ward.

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.

Estella describes her cold personality in Great Expectations.


Abel Magwitch.

A fearsome criminal, Magwitch escapes from a prison ship at the beginning of Great Expectations and terrorizes Pip in the grounds of a cemetery. However Pip’s subsequent kindness to him makes a deep impression.



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