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Explore the ways in which Dickens creates memorable and interesting characters and show how he develops them.

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Explore the ways in which Dickens creates memorable and interesting characters and show how he develops them Dickens was brought up in a lower class family, he had a slaves job in a blacking factory and life didn't seem too good. This is the life style and setting he chose for his infamous novel, Great Expectations. Two of his most interesting and memorable characters in the novel are Mr Jaggers, a lawyer who seems to have no conscience, and Miss Havisham, a prosperous old lady with a broken heart living in a house where time stands still. This duo is very important in the novel, as they set the scene for Pip's great expectations. We first meet Jaggers in Volume 1, Chapter 18, where he is only known as 'the strange gentleman', and where he opposes Mr Wopsle's opinion on a murder that had been committed. One of the first images we get of Jaggers, is him leaning on the settle, listening and biting his finger, i.e: '.....he bit the side of a great forefinger as he watched the group of faces.' ...read more.

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I think she has the insane idea that Pip is a puppet and she is the puppeteer, and by making him fall in love with her servant girl, Estella, who has been brought up with the same views as her, she can break his heart. The image of Miss Havisham as a puppeteer, is one of the motifs Dickens is famous for, it is also similar to the one of Jaggers. He, as a lawyer, is a master at getting people to spill the truth, and at getting other people to believe him. He is a spin doctor, who manipulates people into saying what he wants them to say. He is one of the very few people at that time with this skill, therefore being a very dexterous and highly paid lawyer. This is shown by the amount of clients waiting at his door in Vol.2.1, and when Pip says, 'These testimonies to the popularity of my guardian made a deep impression on me, and I admired and wondered more than ever.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Here she slips a bit, showing her true passion for love, and that it can do no good. She goes on to describe what 'real love' is. This is all to get back at her husband, and to prove that he was just a scoundrel, faking true love. Dickens develops her showing her madness and emotion build to a climax. He shows being cooped up in a house where time has no objective, being waited on hand and foot and sitting on a pile of money messes with the mind, another pointer to his stress on a what 'gentleman' is. In Dickens' mind, from his experiences in life, a gentleman is someone with the right attitude, a kind heart, and a good sense of humour. Money has nothing to do with it, and normally it sends you into aberration. Dickens throughout the first half of the novel uses dramatic irony to it's best, not so obvious, but gives clues about Miss Havisham's plan. Pip finally finds out about her plot against men two chapters before Volume 3, the part of the book when Pip realises what he's become, and tries to set things right. Jessica Dimmock, Remove, GREAT EXPECTATIONS 1 ...read more.

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