Comparing The Characters Of Magwitch And Miss Havisham In Great Expectations By Dickens

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Comparing the Characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Dickens

Miss Havisham is a bitter old woman. She wants to seek revenge on all
men for the wrong that was done to her by one man. She lives in her
clothes that she should have worn to her wedding and is surrounded by
decaying things in a darkened room. Miss Havisham adopts a young girl
Estella, whom she has planed to use her to seek revenge on all men.

Miss Havisham is delighted in the way Estella torments Pip. This is
shown in chapter 8 when Pip has just met Miss Havisham and Estella,
when Miss Havisham asks Estella to play with him. Estella calls Pip a
common labouring boy, Miss Havisham says to Estella "Well? You can
break his heart." Like it was the only reason that Pip had come, so
that Estella could break his heart and to seek revenge on him because
this was how Miss Havisham had taught her to treat men.

Miss Havisham later realises that she has turned Estella into a
monster, she accuses Estella of being, hard and ungrateful and
Estella's reply is that she can not give her love as she was never
given it herself. Miss Havisham tries to undo the effects that she has
had on Estella.

At the beginning we are repelled by Magwitch by his manner of his
speech, how he says it, appearance and of his rough habits. In chapter
one when we first meet Magwitch he speaks to Pip in a tone of voice
which would scare anyone, especially a young boy. This is shown in
chapter one when Magwitch says to Pip "You get me a file and you get
me wittles, you bring 'em both to me. Or I'll have your heart and
liver out." Pip even confesses that he was scared of Magwitch because
he writes 'I was dreadfully frightened.'

But as we learn about his brutal life we become more sympathetic
towards him. When he meets Pip in London when he confesses that he is
his benefactor, he is so proud in the gentleman he has created. He
shows this in chapter 39 when Magwitch calls Pip master when Pip asks
Magwitch if he would like to come in. It was as if he was not good
enough to call him Pip or as he was a slave to Pip. Later on Magwitch
says to Pip 'You acted noble, my boy. Noble, Pip!' Magwitch also shows
that he is proud of the gentleman he has made again in chapter 39 when
he tells Pip "Yes, Pip, dear boy, I've made a gentleman on you! It's
me wot has done it! I swore that time, sure as ever I earned a guinea,
that guinea should go to you…. Wot you kep life in, got his head so
high that he could make a gentleman - and, Pip you're him!" Magwitch
says this in such a proud way, that he shows that he could not be any
happier on the way Pip has turned out, a great gentleman.

Pip realises that Magwitch's character has changed for the best and
Pip forms a strong affection for the one he knew as a convict, is more
like a second father...

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