The Importance Of Esteella In Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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In Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Estella is constrained by her past, and she resents it because of the lasting impact her past left on her. The meaning of the novel is that the genuine relationships and being an honorable person through good deeds is more important than wealth and social class. Estella attained her elite social class and wealth because she was brought up by Havisham, her adoptive mother. But Havisham 's upbring results in her having no heart, she is isolated from feelings such as empathy and love. As a result of her resentment towards her past she ends up in an abusive relationship. The fact that Estella doesn’t have any compassion is ironic because compassion is the most admirable trait in Magwitch, Estella 's biological …show more content…
Though Estella possesses no capability to love and care for another person, Magwitch is the opposite. Estella can not even love her own adoptive mother, due to the way she was brought up, but Magwitch cares for Pip like his own son. When Magwitch reveals to Pip that he is Pip 's benefactor, Magwitch states " Look 'ee here, Pip. I 'm your second father. You 're my son — more to me nor any son. I 've put away money, only for you to spend. When I was hired-out shepherd in a solitary hut, not seeing no faces but faces of sheep till I half forgot wot men 's and women 's faces was like, I see yourn" (Dickens 320). As a convict Magwitch worked many jobs and raised money to fund Pip to become a gentleman. Magwitch showed kindness to a child he had met just once. Magwitch 's compassion is his most admirable trait, and it is the lack of this trait in Estella that causes her suffering. Had she been raised by Magwitch, Estella would not have suffered due to her heartless nature. She would have received the love and care Pip received, because Magwitch decided to provide Pip money because he reminded him of his long lost daughter, Estella, whom he believed was killed. If Estella had been raised by Magwitch, she would have belonged to the lowest social class because her dad is a convict and her mom was tried for murder. Yet she would have had the satisfaction of being in a meaningful relationship as well attain the love that she never got from Havisham. She would have had a heart and by being able to feel the love and pain of those around her, she may have even been able to get married Pip or a man like Pip who loves her dearly. When Pip and Estella meet for the last time in the novel, Pip describes Estella " Those attractions in it, I had seen before; what I had never seen before, was the saddened softened light of the once proud eyes; what I had never felt before, was the

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