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Examine the development and effects of the relationship between Pip and Estella.

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Introduction

Examine the development and effects of the relationship between Pip and Estella Pip and Estella's story is not about living happily ever after. Dickens never tells us what happens, if anything, between them in the end. He leaves it only that they remain friends. There is a purpose for this. Dickens novel is about Pip's quest for Estella's love and what he is willing to do to gain it. I think that the story is never about the love itself. We can see this because in the majority of the story, Estella is only present in Pip's heart and thoughts. The actual interaction between the characters Dickens keeps at a minimum. To make this a love story, the characters would have to carry out some sort of loving affection towards each other, which they don't do, although I do believe that Pip loves ...read more.

Middle

A major irony, of situation, occurs when Estella kisses Pip after insulting and degrading him. This makes the reader wonder about Estella's actions and her feeling sympathy for Pip. This keeps the reader vigilant for what will happen next. On page 104 Estella says, "Come here! You may kiss me, if you like." This is the type of thing you don't expect Estella of all people to say so when she does say these types of things, it livens up the story. The home Pip grew up in, under the hand of Mrs. Joe, isn't exactly bursting with love. Only Joe seems to translate his love for Pip into kind behaviour. This is possibly the worst start for a love story, so if Pip were to love Estella, he wouldn't really know how to put his feelings into actions. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Pip and Estella return to Miss Havisham's together, Miss Havisham's behaviour makes it clear that she has pleasure in having made a loveless girl out of Estella. Because of this Estella begins to realize what Miss Havisham's done. In teaching her to be proud and harsh to others, Miss Havisham has made Estella largely incapable of love. Pip isn't able to confess his love to Estella until he realizes that they are not destined to be together thanks to the plan of Miss Havisham's. He gives up hope that she could return his love, and can only regret he didn't say something sooner. Seeing this, Miss Havisham regrets doing what she did. After many years, Pip who is a changed man sees his old love Estella. There he falls in love with her again even though she explains that she cannot feel any feelings for him. ...read more.

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