Ever wonder what was one of the main themes in the novel, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens? Well, Pip trusts a few people before his “great expectations”, but he also made lifelong friends when he goes to London. Before Pip’s “great expectations”, he had one person he told everything to and trusted them. When Pip went to London, he became good friends with his roommate, who helped him throughout the novel. But finally, without helping his benefactor before he had “great expectations” Pip would have never gotten a chance to view life as a gentleman. Without friendship, Pip would have never had so many great things happen to him, or get to experience the world as much as he would have without friendship.
In Stage One, Pip has a strong friendship with Biddy, Mr. Wopsle’s great aunt’s grand-daughter, which teaches him that he can have a friend that he trusts. She was an orphan just like Pip, and when he went to Mr. Wopsle’s great aunt’s school, he was taught mostly by Biddy. Pip is not afraid to tell Biddy anything, for example meeting the convict to telling her about Estella. “I woke that the best step I could take towards making myself uncommon was to get out of Biddy everything she knew… Biddy, who was the most obliging of girls, immediately said she would, and indeed began to carry out her promise within five minutes” (67). Pip wants to learn everything he can to be a gentleman. He knows Biddy is smart and Biddy is willing to help him learn more. This shows that Biddy cares about Pip and his learning. “‘Biddy’ I cried, getting up, putting my arm around her neck… ‘I shall always tell you everything’” (119). Pip has a good friendship with Biddy and can tell Biddy everything, including that he does not like her but likes Estella. Pip has become close friends that she will help Pip with education, and Pip trusts her enough to tell her a lot of things.
In Stage Two, Pip meets Herbert, whom he shares a living space with, and soon after they become best friends. When Pip first meets Herbert, Dickens tells us, “Herbert Pocket had a frank and easy way with him that was very taking...a natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean” (162). When Pip first meets Herbert, He noticed that Herbert wasn’t the guy who did wrong stuff and Pip admired, or looked up to Herbert because of that. Herbert became a good companion of Pip’s soon after that. “Herbert was my intimate...