Great expectations- Mrs. Joe Georgina Maria Garg ery, better known as Mrs. Joe, is my favorite character in the book Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens. She has a strong personality and she is very intelligent with her quotes and things she does during her part in the novel (she dies during the book). Mrs.
Joe has a clear goal in life and if she would show a little more sympathy and warmth that she surely has in her heart she could be a "perfect" woman. The first thing I liked about Mrs. Joe as a character, already in the beginning of the book, was her strong personality. She is strong both mentally and physically. Many women suffered from abuse at that time but were still expected to keep their marriage going. Mrs.
Joe is a character that would have never stayed in a marriage if her husband had beaten her in any way; this is why Joe is a perfect husband for her with his kind nature. One thing that surprised me was that she is called Mrs. Joe even though she hardly has any of Joe's characteristics in her personality. Usually women took the surname of their husbands to show that they belonged to him, but it is highly likely that Mrs. Joe disapproved of this. She didn't want to be between "the fist and the stove," so she took the leading role in the marriage.
In my opinion Mrs. Joe is a very intelligent character in Great expectations. She says what she feels and I believe that Charles Dickens wanted to say something through this character. One quote that is in my opinion very interesting is: "Ask no questions, and you " ll be told no lies." This specific quote is made interesting by Mrs. Joe's tendency to say harsh things, but she said this and it is very accurately said.
Mrs. Joe has a clear goal in life. She doesn't just want to be a blacksmith's wife. Mrs. Joe wants respect in the society and tries to gain this by getting wealth. One part in the book that confirms this is when Mrs.
Joe sends Pip to see Miss Hav isham. Mrs. Joe believes that if she sends Pip there, she will eventually get some money herself. Mrs.
Joe doesn't want to be home plainly as a housewife and raise a family, like many women at that time did. The book would be incomplete without Mrs. Joe in it. Mrs.
Joe, even with her aggressive personality, makes Joe's and Pip's "father-son-relationship" stronger, even though Pip and Joe are not even related. She reminds me of a modern woman with her.