Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Essay

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

Look again at chapters 1 and 8 where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham and chapters 44 and 56 his final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pip's relationship with these two characters.

In this essay I am going to look at and analyse Pips first and last meetings with Miss Havisham and Magwitch. I will also discuss how these meetings affected Pips character and future. Also how his feelings towards Magwitch and Havisham changed throughout the novel.

As at the beginning of the novel Pip was really impressed by the upper class, however by the end of the novel he realised that his real friends and family members were from the working
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He starts to think he is better than working class and can do better, and starts to fantasize about being a "gentleman". So without this visit he would never have started to question being a blacksmith or started blaming other people. He also meets Estella; Miss Havisham has big plans for Estella and Pip and we find out about these awful plans in this chapter. Pip also falls for Estella at this moment in the book, this lust for Estella helps manipulate Pip in his life decisions, even when he is older and hasn't seen her for years.

I feel the meeting of Pip and Magwitch is important, as it is when we first see Magwitch at his worst; it is also something exciting to happen to Pip as a young boy. Another reason why this chapter is significant is because you start to see connections with other characters also possible connections, which could occur later in the novel. As in this chapter Magwitch talks about another escaped convict who we later find out is called Compeyson. " There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel" Compeyson is quite important to Dickens's purpose of the book as he represents part of what Dickens thought was wrong with the justice system. He also returns to the story later in the book with connections to Magwitch and Miss

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