Pip's Social Circles in Great Expectations

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Great Expectations Characters

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!


Great Expectations Characters

Pip (Philip Pirrip)The main protagonist, living in a small town outside of London. He grows up wanting to be a gentleman to impress the woman he loves, who is incapable of loving him in return.
Joe GargeryA blacksmith, who is married to Pip's sister and caretaker. Joe is Pip's best friend.
Mrs. JoePip’s sister who constantly reminds him how she raised him ‘by hand’. She is not a pretty woman, but she is honorable.
Miss HavishamA wealthy woman who was left at the altar. She manipulates many of the characters in the novel.
EstellaMiss Havisham’s adopted daughter. It is later revealed that she is the daughter of Molly and Abel Magwitch.
OrlickAn apprentice to Joe who tries to kill Pip.
HerbertAlso known as the Pale Young Gentleman, Herbert becomes Pip’s best friend in London.
Abel Magwitch The convict Pip encounters in the marshes. He is secretly Pip’s benefactor.
CompeysonA swindler who framed Abel, and attempted to rob Miss Havisham.
Matthew PocketMiss Havisham’s nephew, and Pip’s tutor in London.
Sarah, Georgiana, & Camilla Miss Havisham’s relatives.
Jaggers An affluent attorney who oversees the estates of Pip and Miss Havisham.
WemmickJagger's assistant, who aids Pip with moral advice.
Bentley DrummleAdversary of Pip who eventually marries Estella.
Uncle PumblechookJoe’s wealthy uncle, a corn merchant, who introduces Pip to Miss Havisham and her daughter Estella.
Mr. WopsleA family friend and struggling actor. He is related to Biddy.
Biddy A young girl who educated Pip early in his life, and eventually marries Joe.
StartopLike Pip, he is studying in London to be a gentleman. Pip trusts and befriends him.
ClaraHerbert's girlfriend.
The AgedWemmick's elderly Father.
Molly Jagger's maid, Estella's Mother, and Abel's ex-fiance.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Great Expectations and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "1600s to 1800s" tab to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Appearance, Traits, and Character Change.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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