The novel's hero, Pip is an orphan who lives with his harsh and selfish sister Mrs. Joe and serves as the apprentice of her gentle blacksmith husband Joe. Pip is sensitive and intellectually curious… (read full character analysis)
The escaped convict Pip helps in the novel's opening scenes, Provis' gratitude towards Pip inspires him to devote his life-savings to Pip, becoming Pip's anonymous patron. Born an orphan on the streets and cruelly swindled… (read full character analysis)
The adopted daughter of Miss Havisham, Estella is proud, refined, beautiful, and cold, raised by Miss Havisham to wreak revenge on the male sex. Though her beauty and elegance attract countless suitors (including Pip… (read full character analysis)
As Mrs. Joe's husband, Joe is a father figure for Pip throughout Pip's childhood and his tender kindness protects Pip from Mrs. Joe's harsh parenting. Joe is the village blacksmith and has no formal… (read full character analysis)
The wealthy daughter of a brewer, Miss Havisham was abandoned on her wedding day by her fiancée (Compeyson) and, traumatized. She preserves herself and her house in wedding regalia, shutting out the world… (read full character analysis)
As Mr. Jaggers' clerk, Wemmick models his character on Mr. Jaggers while in the office where he is rational, unemotional, and money-minded. Yet when Wemmick is at home, his personality changes dramatically and he is… (read full character analysis)
Pip's older sister and guardian after his parents' die, Mrs. Joe is fiery, tyrannical, and false, harping on her own victimhood even as she abuses Pip and Joe. She is obsessed with social… (read full character analysis)
Herbert Pocket (a.k.a. the pale young gentleman)
Pip's best friend, Herbert is compassionate, honest, and unpretentious. He and Pip live together in London where he works in a counting house, then as a merchant. He cheerfully helps Pip through all of Pip's struggles. Pip secretly invests in Herbert's career to help Herbert succeed as a merchant.
A famous lawyer in London, Mr. Jaggers is Pip's guardian and the middleman between him and his patron. Mr. Jaggers also works for Miss Havisham. He is rational, sharp-minded, and intimidating. He prides himself on neither expressing nor responding to human emotion.
Mr. Pumblechook (a.k.a. Uncle Pumblechook)
A corn and seed merchant and Joe's uncle, Mr. Pumblechook is superficial, calculating, and false. He takes undue credit for parenting Pip.
Originally Joe's journeyman, Orlick is devious and violently vengeful. He resents Pip, whom he blames for all of his problems.
Bentley Drummle studies with Pip. He is a wealthy heir to a baronetcy, upper class according to the old system of inherited rank. Described as "idle, proud…and suspicious," Drummle is Pip's nemesis. He pursues Estella.
Startop studies with Pip. Though spoiled by an overprotective mother, Startop is a good-natured and helpful friend.
Miss Havisham's cousin, Herbert's father, and Pip's tutor, Matthew Pocket is honorable, upstanding, and kind.
Mr. Pocket's helpless, title-obsessed wife and a disastrous mother.
Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt
The incompetent teacher at the village evening school.
The village church clerk who moves to London to be an actor.
The toady village tailor.
Mr. Trabb's mischievous assistant.
Millers, Flopson and Sophia
Mr. and Mrs. Pockets' harried maids who run the Pockets' household to their own advantage.
Mr. and Mrs. Pockets' daughter.
Mr. Jaggers' maid whom Wemmick describes as "a wild beast tamed."
Miss Havisham's resentful half-brother and Compeyson's partner.
Sarah Pocket, Camilla, Georgiana, and Raymond
Miss Havisham's selfish relatives.
Wemmick's jolly, nearly deaf father.
The handsome, good-natured woman Wemmick courts and eventually marries.
Clara's ogre-like father.
Joe and Biddy's son.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubble
The village wheelwright and wife.
Mr. and Mrs. Pockets' neighbor.