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Character analysis of Pip, Mrs Havisham, and Magwitch.

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Introduction

Pip Pip feels as if he has no identity because he was brought up by hand by his sister Mrs. Joe. Chapter 2 "My sister Mrs. Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, and had established a reputation with herself and the neighbors because she had brought me up 'by hand'. Chapter 7 "She was an orphan like myself; like me, too, had been brought up be hand." Chapter 8 "Boy! Let your behavior here be a credit unto them which brought out you up by hand!" Pip is always concerned with others people's impressions of his behavior. Chapter 5 "My convict looked round him for the first time, and saw me...I looked at him eagerly when he looked at me, and slightly moved my hands and shook my head. I had been waiting for him to see me that I might try to assure him of my innocence. It was not all expressed to me that he even comprehended my intention, for he gave me a look that I did not understand, and it all passed in a moment. But if he had looked at me for an hour or for a day, I could not have remembered his face ever afterwards as having been more attentive." Explanation: This quote from chapter 5 describes Pip's brief reunion with Magwitch after the latter has been captured by the police. ...read more.

Middle

And sometimes, when her moods were so many and so contradictory of one another that I was puzzled what to say or do, Miss Havisham would embrace her with lavish fondness, murmuring something in her ear that sounded like "Break their hearts my pride and hope, break their hearts and have no mercy!" Explanation: Miss. Havisham uses Estella to get back at the evil men in the world. Miss. Havisham is so single- minded that she doesn't Near the end of the novel, Miss. Havisham finally sees that her actions are hurtful toward Pip and the other people in her life including Estella. Chapter 49 "Yes, yes, I know it. But, Pip - my dear!" There was an earnest womanly compassion for me in her new affection. "My dear! Believe this: when she first came to me, I meant to save her from misery like my own. At first I meant no more. But as she grew, and promised to be very beautiful, I gradually did worse, and with my praises, and with my jewels, and with my teachings, and with this figure of myself always before her a warning to back and point my lessons, I stole her heart away and put ice in its place. If you knew all my story," she pleaded, "you would have some compassion for me and a better understanding of me. ...read more.

Conclusion

Magwitch makes this speech to Pip when he dramatically reveals himself as Pips secret benefactor and the source of all of his wealth. This quote reveals a lot about Magwitch's character. At the beginning of the novel Magwitch seems as a frightening, mysterious and horrible convict and with this quote we receive our first glimpse of his powerful sense of respect and loyalty toward how he feels about Pip. At the end of the novel, Magwitch dies at he dies with dignity and peace after having the chance to return the basic tenderness that Pip had for him. Chapter 56 "With a last faint effort, which would have been powerless but for my yielding to it and assisting it, he raised my hand to his lips. Then, he gently let it sink upon his breast again, with his own hands lying on it. The placid look at the white ceiling came back, and passed away, and his head dropped quietly on his breast Magwitch throughout the novel struggles for people to understand him but is always confident in himself. Magwitch dies at peace with the dignity of the chance of being able to show Pip the same kindness Pip showed him. When Magwitch dies this changes everything for Pips idealistic view of the upper class, Magwitch a man who work hard for his earning was his benefactor and Estella the love of his life is the daughter of a convict. ...read more.

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