The Relationship of Pip and Magwitch
Write an essay about Pip and Magwitch's relationship, concentrating
mainly on the section when Magwitch returns from Botany Bayonwards,
though you should briefly touch on the opening of the novel respond to
Orwell's assertion in his essay (Charles Dickens) that Pip maintains
an abhorrence for the convict.
Magwitch is introduced to Pip as a shock, at first he come across as
being manipulative and seems to be intimidating and oppressive. Pip
and the readers have illusory images that Magwitch is malign, but he
is not the villain he has been made out to be. Murderous intentions
are given by Magwitch which are misleading. The way Dickens describes
Magwitch shows us that he feels sorry for him. Magwitch only seems
cruel because of his hardships.
The boy reacts to Magwitch in a fearful and terrorised manner and
obeys Magwitch's every word. It looks like he enjoys torturing people,
"Bring me the food or I'll have your heart and liver out", but really
he is just ravenously hungry. Magwitch threatens Pip in order to get
himself food. Pip has an impressionable mind and is easily
manipulated. A new bond takes place and a relationship begins. By
threatening Pip he gets him to promise that he will bring him food and
drink in a file and a whittle. The threat is lightened by him saying
he wishes he was a frog.
After their encounter there is a macabre image of Magwitch dodging the
graves and it seems the dead people are trying to pull him into the
graves; again the boy is being over imaginative.
The main thing they have in common is that they are both lonely and
have no friends. At the end of the novel Magwitch becomes a good
friend to Pip and teaches him a lot of gratitude. This makes him
grateful of Joe at the end of the novel.
When Magwitch meets back up with Pip he is immensely disappointed that
he doesn't remember him. Magwitch has spent all his life waiting to
see Pip and when he finally does he doesn't remember him. This deeply
saddens Magwitch. At first Pip acts snobbish towards Magwitch. Clue by
clue Magwitch hints that he is his benefactor. He wants Pip to think
for himself. He lays down the proof. Before Pip realises Magwitch is
his benefactor he welcomes him and treats him with care but once he
finds out the truth he shows abhorrence towards the convict. This is
because he is higher in the social hierarchy and wouldn't like to
think that all his wealth has come from a low life convict. If word
got out this would socially damage Pip. At this point in the novel you
would say that Orwell's assertion has evidence and is true.
"Heart beating like a heavy hammer", shows good use of alliteration.
Magwitch drops clues in the same way that Jaggers does. It's just like
in the beginning of the novel, at the graveyard, in the way that