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The Constrasting Characters Biddy And Estella From Great Expectations

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The Constrasting Characters Biddy and Estella from Great Expectations

Dickens describes Biddy as an uncomplicated character He makes it seem
that she is better suited to Pip. He uses phrases such as “ a
blessing” and “ beautiful at heart.” Dickens uses almost pleasant
words when describing Biddy, this makes the reader feel that she is
the good character in this novel. On the other hand he describes
Estella has “cruel and cold.” This makes her seem more and more
patronising and inconsiderate. Obviously not the good character in
this novel. Dickens creates these character under stereotypes of good
and bad characters, as Biddy is said not to have a bad bone in her
body whereas Estella is cruel but also described as “pretty and
beautiful.” Victorian stereotypes follow that women with good looks
can be manipulative, and Estella is a textbook fit into this

Estella and Biddy’s relationship to Pip is key, Dickens makes Pip more
driven towards Estella and away from Biddy. This is clever as he
describes Biddy as the perfect match for Pip and Estella is the
opposite. Biddy helps make good decisions and looks at for what is
best for him. Estella is very insulting and rude and often put him
down such as by calling him a” common labouring boy.” With this into
account Pip still drives towards Estella, this shows that even though
Biddy is good hearted she has nothing to show for it whereas Estella
who is cruel and manipulative has Pip in the palm of her hand, this is
cruel irony and Dickens uses it to help us understand the feelings and
attitudes of...

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