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Isabel Calway Great Expectations Coursework 10PJP 'Great Expectations' was written in the 1860s by Charles Dickens and is one of his most famous novels. In this essay I am going to write about how Dickens presents Estella and Magwitch, two key characters in the story, and the purpose of them. Pip firsts meets Magwitch in a graveyard on Christmas Eve. He has a leg iron, this shows that the story was written when leg irons were still used, in the Victorian times. Pip firsts meets Magwitch in a graveyard on a cold Christmas Eve. Pip finds him threatening and is scared by him we know this because pip tells us that he was 'a fearful man all in coarse grey' and when they first meet, Magwitch says 'keep still you little boy or I'll cut your throat'. He asks him to bring him some food and drink and a file He does exactly what Magwitch asked him to do, and brings him all the things he needed. ...read more.


Magwitch is not very well spoken and has an accent, Magwitch say 'wittles' meaning food shows he isn't an gentleman and hasn't been taught to speak properly he also says 'lookee here' and 'dyee'. He pronounces his 'v' as 'w'. Magwitch comes across as a threatening, strong and violent character but later in the story you find out that he is quite emotional and caring. He benefactors his life saving which he must have worked hard for, he gives them to pip because he lost his daughter. aPip often refers to Magwitch as 'my friend' or 'my convict' this shows there is a real connection, most young child when threatened like Pip was would run away, but pip lingers and tries to engage Magwitch. Magwitch does affect pip he is younger life but only a bit, Pip forgets him when he is growing up, but when he finds out that he is his benefactor all of his memories come flooding back. ...read more.


the cheek a few times, this keeps Pips love for her alive and it seems she is always present to Pip even absent. It is because of Estella Pip aspires to be a gentleman in his visits to Miss Havisham Estella frequently says things such as 'with this boy?!, why he is a common labouring boy!' and '..And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots' this made Pip feels negative and embarrassed about himself when before he felt positive and comfortable. Estella plays a big role in Pips childhood she was his first love and only love, Everything he does has a connection to her, he either does it to impress her or to get closer to her and many other things, if Pip had never of met Estella he would not be so determined to do the things he did, this is a good thing because Pip turned out to have a better life then he would of with Joe, but at the same time is heart is broken, which is not positive. ...read more.

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