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Great expectation essay English Monday, 1 March 2004 The novel, Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens in 1860-1861. It is about a young boy called Pip. Many things happen during the novel such as Pip's meetings of the two characters Miss Havisham and Magwitch. Dickens creates two different type of people Miss Havisham who lives in a big house with her adopted daughter 'Estella', who is elegantly dressed. Magwitch is hiding in the graveyard, as he has run away from prison, he is a scruffy, dirty looking man. Dickens creates a strong character of each of them in a different ways, Miss Havisham is an extremely eccentric character, she is rich and grim lady who lives in a large and dismal house. Miss Havisham's house is a dark and spooky house. Inside the house all the furniture is antique as are the clocks. One of the strange things is that all the clocks in the room had stopped at twenty to nine, Miss Havisham has stopped the clocks because she was jilted and that's the time she has thrown everyone out and stopped moving on with her life after being left at the altar on her wedding day. She also acts in a weird way when she tears herself apart from everyone else, she also treats Pip like dirt, she uses Estella to get to Pip to make Pip feel bad about himself because he get's beaten by a girl. ...read more.


he is saying he would kill him and eat his heart and liver if he doesn't bring him the wittles and file. The behaviour of the two characters are quiet different. Dickens has given them very distinctive ways of acting Magwitch behaviour is aggressive 'keep still you little devil, or I'll cut your throat' he is trying to frighten Pip so he can use him to get him food, wittles and a file. So he can get the prison chains off his legs. He is also have a bad reputation as he has been in prison and he has escaped. Miss Havisham behaviour is different 'you are not afraid of a woman who has never seen sun since the day you were born?' she keep herself tied away from every one else, and keep herself locked up in side the decaying house. Both characters keep them selves hidden away from the outside world Miss Havisham inside the house and has never left since the day she got jilted on her wedding day, and Magwitch who keeps himself tied in the graveyard and scared by being seen by anyone, '.. you never dare say a word or dare to make a sign concerning your having seen such a person as me, or any person sum ever..' ...read more.


Pip drowns Compeyson the second convict who was Magwitch's enemy when Pip helps Magwitch escape London. Pip also finds out that Magwitch Estella's father and that he wanted her to have a better life, so he pays for Pip to become a gentlemen. There are certain aspects of the story which can be clearly related to the time when this novel was written. For example you can tell it was a 19th century novel because prisoners no longer have irons on their legs. Also women are not named after their husbands when they are married e.g. Mrs Joe Gargery you wouldn't have his whole name just the surname Mrs Gargery . Having studied both characters, I think Dickens is trying to make the characters mean towards Pip by the way the behaviour and manner of speech is during the play 'keep still you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!' and 'look at me you are not afraid of a women who has never seen the sun since you where born?'. I think Miss Havisham is most dramatic and effective character to do by the way she treats Pip and lives her life, One reason is the Satis house and all the weird things in and out of the house. The other is the way she treats her relatives, Miss Havisham may be nice sometimes, but she can also be weird at times. By KellyAnne clover 10nf KellyAnne clover 10nf ...read more.

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