"Joe's station and influence were something feebler when there was none"(Dickens 30).
"Swine were the companions of the prodigal. The gluttony of Swine is put before us, as an example to the young" (Dickens 31).
This is foreshadowing Pip's desire to find a better role-model who is better than Joe. Pip doesn't realize his gradual dislike for Joe's commonness, but this will lead to the realization.
The word Prodigal is an allusion to the prodigal son. Pip is a living allusion to the prodigal son, he leaves for a better life, but will come back later.
In "Great Expectations," Charles Dickens utilizes chapter four to demonstrate Pip's intensified yearning to leave and lead a better life as a gentleman.
7. Pip realizes that Joe is a common man and Pip does not desire to lead the same common life that Joe lives.
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