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Explain how the events on the marshes and at Satis house have a powerful impact on Pip.

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Explain how the events on the marshes and at Satis house have a powerful impact on Pip. The marshes and Satis House are both places mentioned in the book which have a strong impact on Pip's life. They introduced him to death, the class barrier and the feeling of guilt; guilt for being alive as well as the fear of imprisonment. In this essay I will attempt to discover why and how these places affected Pip. The marshes surrounded the house where Pip grew up so he had been around them all his life. They were called 'the meshes' by the locals and described by Dickens as a 'bleak place', 'a dark, flat wilderness' with 'a low leaden line beyond'. These are unpleasant images and reflect how Pip feels about the marshes. They conjure up the image of death, smothering everything. They even contain a graveyard, where Pip's mother, father and little brothers are buried. He calls them 'little stone lozenges' due to the shape of the headstones and imagines them to have been born 'on their back with their hands in their pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence'. ...read more.

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This shows us that Pip is actually a very nice and caring boy, not a criminal as Mrs. Joe would have us believe. She is always telling Pip that he will end up in the hulks and will amount to nothing and these words add to the thoughts in Pip's mind that he is destined for prison. She treats him like a criminal and talks to him akin to this. Also when the Christmas meal is in progress, she makes Pip feel like a criminal by using legal language, telling everybody present 'of all the illnesses I had been guilty of and all the acts of sleeplessness I had committed.' She also makes him feel guilty of being born by explaining of 'all the times she had wished me in my grave, and I had contumaciously refused to go there.' The events at Satis house also have a very poignant effect on Pip. It is here that he receives more knowledge and more feelings about crime and death. The house itself is described as a house which was made of old brick and was dismal, and 'had a great many iron bars to it. ...read more.

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He was feeling guilty then as well, he feels guilty for being born. Miss Havisham is also a mirror of Magwitch, as they are both dirt covered and consumed by their past and a need for revenge. When he goes back to tell his uncle and Mrs. Joe of what happened at Satis house, he makes up elaborate lies to hide the embarrassment of what actually happened. Although, even in his fabrications, he puts himself in a lowly position, by saying he sat at the back of the coach, where the driver would sit, 'I got up behind the coach to eat mine, because she told me to.' However, he feels that he cannot deceive Joe and so tells him the truth, but then asks him why he taught him wrongly about 'knaves' and 'jacks'. This is the first sign of him acting superior to his friends and family. Overall Pip becomes much more prejudiced and class aware from his visit to Satis House, a snob almost, abandoning his friends and family. When he becomes rich he does not automatically become a gentleman, he has to learn humility, helped by his friend Herbert Pocket. Also the house and the marshes have a lasting impression on him, making him think of himself of a criminal bound for the hulks or the gibbet. ...read more.

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