Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
Look again at chapters 1 and 8 where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss
Havisham and chapters 44 and 56 his final meeting with Magwitch and
Miss Havisham. Compare Pip's relationship with these two characters.
In this essay I am going to look at and analyse Pips first and last
meetings with Miss Havisham and Magwitch. I will also discuss how
these meetings affected Pips character and future. Also how his
feelings towards Magwitch and Havisham changed throughout the novel.
As at the beginning of the novel Pip was really impressed by the upper
class, however by the end of the novel he realised that his real
friends and family members were from the working class and that you
didn't have to have money and be a gentleman to be at your happiest. I
am also going to talk about Charles Dickens and his purpose for the
book, and where it is shown, another thing I will do is state whether
I think he was effective and why.
I think Charles Dickens is a great author and has written a terrific
book as the links between all the characters keeps you very intrigued
and you build a strong relationship with Pip and sometimes you hope it
works out the way he wants, but then sometimes you don't. Knowing
about Charles Dickens' background and childhood you recognize lots of
links between him and Pip, which is also very interesting. As Charles
was a social commentator and protester you see him bringing subjects
he felt very strongly about into the book, which I will talk about in
more detail later in this essay.
I will now talk about the significance of the two meetings of Pip and
Miss Havisham and Pip and Magwitch. I think that the meeting of Miss
Havisham is significant because after his first visit Pip starts to
blame his brother in law Joe, for them being working class, and not
knowing higher class words. He starts to think he is better than
working class and can do better, and starts to fantasize about being a
"gentleman". So without this visit he would never have started to
question being a blacksmith or started blaming other people. He also
meets Estella; Miss Havisham has big plans for Estella and Pip and we
find out about these awful plans in this chapter. Pip also falls for
Estella at this moment in the book, this lust for Estella helps
manipulate Pip in his life decisions, even when he is older and hasn't
seen her for years.
I feel the meeting of Pip and Magwitch is important, as it is when we
first see Magwitch at his worst; it is also something exciting to
happen to Pip as a young boy. Another reason why this chapter is
significant is because you start to see connections with other
characters also possible connections, which could occur later in the
novel. As in this chapter Magwitch talks about another escaped convict
who we later find out...