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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations Chapter Thirty-Nine Section One: What Happens? In this chapter, Pip is in his residence, the Temple, all alone, as Herbert is away on a business trip. Suddenly, he hears footsteps on the stairs. After some enquiries, Pip finds out it is his convict from on the marshes all those years ago! His name is Magwitch, and he bears a truth that will turn Pip's life on its head. It turns out that Magwitch, the criminal who once held Pip upside down, robbed and threatened him, is in fact, Pips benefactor. Pip, who should be overjoyed to finally meet the person who was made him what he is while also very grateful to that person, instead turns into an insolent snob and treats him with incredible disrespect. Magwitch, however, shows his feelings for Pip when he says, 'I'm your second father. ...read more.


Pip's status can be compared to what Matthew Pocket said earlier in the play. When Mr Pocket said, '...no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself'. This, in terms of Pip's life, suggests that however many luxurious things Pip has, he will not be a true gentleman until he discovers some compassion and dignity in himself towards others. He regards anyone who isn't rich and pampered as inferior, such as when Joe came to visit him. Joe, sweet, kind, wonderful Joe, who treated Pip with such caring, like he was his own flesh and bones, is more of a gentleman than grand, rich Pip. This is because being a gentleman is what is on the inside, feelings and thoughts about other people, rather than belongings and titles. ...read more.


Personally, when I read this chapter I felt very sorry for Magwitch, as he only shows love and care for Pip, yet he is treated so disgustingly. Section Five: Magwitch's Feelings Magwitch doesn't seem to care, or even notice, how rude Pip is being to him, because he seems to happy to see the man he feels he has made. When he sees all Pip's belongings (Latin books etc.), he feels that Pip is the perfect gentleman because he is under the same impression as Pip. I mean that of the portrayal of a "gentleman". They both seem to misinterpret what being a gentleman is all about. They believe that it is what someone owns and education that makes someone a "gentleman". When reading this passage, as well as feeling sympathy for Magwitch, the reader may also think that he should stick up for himself against Pip, a nobody from a forge in Marsh Country, who he took to becoming a rich somebody in London town. By Dan Kilduff C3SB ...read more.

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