Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter LIII

To the reader the characterization of Pip as "wolf" seems hardly consistent with what we know of him. Yet to Orlick he is the "enemy," his Nemesis, someone privileged at the forge, occupying a place Orlick craved, and someone who Orlick more or less correctly believes shamed and thwarted him with respect to Biddy. Finally, Pip had him fired from the watchman's job at Satis House, forcing him onto the marshes. To Orlick Pip is a wolf. 

return to text