Magwitch Character Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… In the Victorian Era, theft and burglary were serious offences that could be brought up to court (Mitchell 96). Magwitch is appointed with 14 years of prison, while Compeyson was only imposed with 7 years (Dickens 681). Most offences brought to the courts were transgressed by the working class, and no matter what crimes they have committed, they normally “provided the image of the criminal (Emsley Crime and Victorians). “And when the verdict came warn’t it Compeyson as was recommend to mercy on account of good character and bad company (Dickens 681).” Magwitch is saying that the judges will side more so with Compeyson because he is “of good character and bad company”; bad company being Magwitch because of his meager education and low social class. ”Assumptions about who were, and who were not, criminals shaped the way in which society sought to deal with them (Emsley Victorian …show more content…
Joe’s accident immediately by Pip because of his large build and mean appearance. He was rendered as “a broad shouldered loose limbed swarthy [dark] fellow of great strength, never in a hurry and always slouching (Dickens 606)”. Dickens illustrates him as an indolent, malicious, and physically “broad” character. Forensic evidence was collected at the crime scene and was used to determine traits of possible suspects. This data illustrated a portrait, describing the type of person the convict presumably was. Orlick’s description can create an image of a dangerous convict (Profiling in the Victorian Era). Many of the mentally or behaviorally ill criminals, mainly observed towards the end of the 19th century, were classified as the “the dangerous class (Emsley Crime and Victorians)”. Pip did not trust Orlick working for Miss Havisham (Dickens 644). Jaggers went to check on Orlick and even had him fired, which enraged Orlick (Dickens 702). Orlick appeared to be drunk when he seeks to immolate Pip (Dickens 701). Essentially, drunkenness was linked to personalities of convicts (Emsley Crime and Victorians). Orlick’s appearance and behavior is linked to many physiognomies of a criminal, which led Pip to recognize him as the one who scathed Mrs. …show more content…
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