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Comparing and contrasting the characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.

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Comparing and contrasting the characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations Comparing and contrasting the characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Miss Havisham is a bitter old woman. She wants to seek revenge on all men for the wrong that was done to her by one man. She lives in her clothes that she should have worn to her wedding and is surrounded by decaying things in a darkened room. Miss Havisham adopts a young girl Estella, whom she has planed to use her to seek revenge on all men. Miss Havisham is delighted in the way Estella torments Pip. This is shown in chapter 8 when Pip has just met Miss Havisham and Estella, when Miss Havisham asks Estella to play with him. Estella calls Pip a common labouring boy, Miss Havisham says to Estella "Well? You can break his heart." Like it was the only reason that Pip had come, so that Estella could break his heart and to seek revenge on him because this was how Miss Havisham had taught her to treat men. Miss Havisham later realises that she has turned Estella into a monster, she accuses Estella of being, hard and ungrateful and Estella's reply is that she can not give her love as she was never given it herself. ...read more.

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Magwitch loves Pip he feels that Pip is a replacement for the child he lost. Magwitch expresses that he feels like a second father for Pip in chapter 39 Magwitch says to Pip "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." At the beginning of the book Miss Havisham and Magwitch both acted in a threatening and intimating way towards Pip. Magwitch does this in the marshes when he makes Pip bring him a file and some wittles. Pip doesn't bring them to him because he wants to, but he does it because he is scared of what Magwitch would do him if he didn't. Miss Havisham acts threatening and intimating towards Pip when he goes to meet her for the first time, by the tone and the language she uses when talking to Pip. In chapter 8 when Pip tells her that he can not play as everything is so new and so strange to him, after that she tells Pip to call Estella. Miss Havisham says to Pip "Call Estella. You can do that? At the door" She says this in a sarcastic way. ...read more.

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Nearer to the end his characteristics also changes for the better as he using his own money to turns Pip into a gentleman. He also acts like a father figure towards Pip. Miss Havisham and Magwitch are different in the fact that Miss Havisham was completely spoilt and had an enormous house to live in, lots of money. But Magwitch doesn't have his own house and any money he did make was spent on Pip to turn him into a perfect gentleman. Another reason their characteristics is that Miss Havisham was more of a fantasist, yet Magwitch was a realist. I think that Miss Havisham is a fantasist because of the way she lives, the way that she had stopped her life. In the fact that all the clocks in the house had been stopped at twenty minutes to nine and the way that she still had on her wedding dress. I think that Magwitch is more of a realist because he always has good reasons for his actions, for example he turned Pip into a gentleman because of Pip's loyalty towards him when he first met Pip on the marshes. So I my conclusion is that Miss Havisham and Magwitch are more similar then you would of thought so. As many of their characteristics are very similar and the time that they changed how they acted. ...read more.

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