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Dickens characters are larger than life some would say they are caricatures. Choose three characters and explore dickens presentation of them. What does each one suggest about Victorian society?

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Dickens characters are larger than life some would say they are caricatures. Choose three characters and explore dickens presentation of them. What does each one suggest about Victorian society? Estella is one of my favourite characters. She is very proud of herself but also very cruel particularly to pip. The second character chosen is Pip. I chose Pip because he is the most interesting out of the many characters. He is in love with Estella and trying to fit in with her class. Which he succeeds? Joe is the nicest character. He is Pip's sister's husband who is a blacksmith. Proud, vain and cruel these are the perfect words to describe Estella. Estella was brought up single handily by her adopted parent Miss Havisham. She is a very pretty character and admired by a large indefinite quantity of men including Pip. Ever since Estella was young she had been a mind teaser to men. ...read more.

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"prettier than ever; admired by all who see her?" Miss Havisham explaining that Estella is beautiful and lady like as so many people admire her. On the other hand Joe is a completely different character compared to Estella. Joe is a blacksmith. He helped to bring up Pip and he is an extremely hard worker. He is the most gracious and loyal character in the novel. "Lies is lies. Howsoever they come, they didn't ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same." This indicates Joe is and extremely honest and honourable man. Joe has had a very hard life living with Mrs Gargery, as she is very strict and violent with both Pip and Joe... "By this time my sister was quite desperate, so she pounced on Joe and knocked his head against the wall behind him." The reason why Mrs Gargery did this to Joe was because he wouldn't take her medicine, this doesn't just show that she is strict and violent it also shows that Joe is powerless in his household. ...read more.

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her, but he felt as though he didn't fit in with her class so he tried his best to become a gentlemen for her to accept him. "Magwitch's dream is to make a gentleman of Pip in revenge at all the settlers in Australia that called him a common criminal. Magwitch was a man who Pip ran into who was stereotyped by the Australian settlers as he was a convict. So he wanted to show that he is a gentleman by helping Pip become one. By the end of the book when Estella realized how she had been acting, she returned her love to Pip by taking his hand in marriage. "I saw no shadow of another parting with her" Pip explaining that they will never part. Looking now in more detail at all three characters, I have discovered that Dickens really brought the characters to life. All three characters have completely different personalities. He did not use all the stereotypical views of Victorians he used complete opposites which made the novel truly amazing. ...read more.

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