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Great Expectations - character analysis

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Introduction

Magwitch is a convicted criminal who has escaped life in Australia to come to London to see Pip. Miss Havisham is a mad, old, rich lady who hasn't ever got over the fact that she was jilted at the altar on her wedding day. Estella is Miss Havishams adopted daughter, she is cold hearted and mean especially towards Pip. Jaggers is a lawyer who helps people not get hung. When we first met Magwitch, he seemed threatening. "I'll strike you dead", Magwitch threatened Pip to make him do what he wanted him to do. Part of the reason why Magwitch seemed so scary at first is because he was in an overgrown cemetery and it was getting dark. "...and the sky was just a row of long angry red lines and dense black lines intermixed". Then we met Miss Havisham who seemed like a mad old woman. "Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred", this shows that she is frightened and doesn't want to let anybody else in; her house or in her life. ...read more.

Middle

Estella first make Pip look down on himself, "...what coarse hands he has, and what thick boots". When Estella said this to Pip he felt ashamed and from then on he looked down on himself. Mr Jaggers made Pip very scared of him; pip was also scared of his office. "Jaggers's own high back chair was of deadly black horse-hair, with rows of brass nails around it, like a coffin", this makes pip scared as he is shocked that a man like Jaggers would have a chair like a coffin in his office. Magwitch has no great expectations at the beginning as he begs for food, "...you get me wittles". Towards the end Magwitch has better expectations, he becomes a successful sheep farmer in Australia, and he also gave Pip great expectations by giving him the chance to become a gentleman. Miss Havisham had great expectations; she thought that she would be fine until she got jilted at the altar. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jaggers is only concerned with making money he never even said anything to the drunk minister of justice for selling tickets to the public for a court hearing. "...drunk minister of justice if I would like to step in on a trial or do;" Dickens is saying this because he thinks the law should be truth not how much money you got. He is critizing the legal system. Estella and Magwitch both had a bad up bringing as children this is why I think they both grew up to be nice people. The final ending makes more sense than the beginning of the novel as Estella finally realises she can love, also everyone is more settled. My opinion is that I do and don't like it, the reason why I don't like some of it is because it doesn't make sense. But I like the way Estella was set out to hurt men but during the book she got hurt, for a change. By Emma Kelleher ...read more.

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