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How does Charles Dickens portray the character of Mr Jaggers

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HOW DOES CHARLES DICKENS PRESENT THE CHARACTER OF MR JAGGERS IN GREAT EXPECTATIONS? Mr Jaggers' function in the novel is to link between the two plots of Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Jaggers was Pip's guardian whilst he was in London. Pip thought that Miss Havisham was his benefactor as Jaggers represented Miss Havisham as her lawyer. However, as we learn later in the book Jaggers also represents the convict, Abel Magwitch and the convict turns out to become Pip's mysterious benefactor. Jaggers' role in the novel is to mislead Pip and the reader into thinking that he will be receiving Miss Havisham's money when she dies. Jaggers knows everyone's secrets. He knows that Estella's farther is the convict and helped Estella's mother stay out of prison. This presents him as a very influential man who knows everything. He knows who is who and what is what. He is the person who helps people stay alive. Mr Jaggers is a very cold but powerful person. The walls in Jaggers' office shows this. One wall is full of casts and the wall opposite Jaggers' is very greasy. He is so cold and powerful that when he talks people are terrified. When Pip entered the room he said, "The wall, especially opposite to Mr Jaggers' chair, being greasy with shoulders." This means when he talks to someone he is so commanding that the person stands as far away as possible and sweats as if he was standing a metre away from the sun. ...read more.

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The minister must have thought that Pip was interested and wanted to see where people were humiliated and murdered. Pip was horrified to see what the minister was wearing. "(From his hat down to his boots and up again to his pocket handkerchief inclusive) mildewed clothes, which evidently not belonged to him originally." Pip thought that the minister's clothes were bought from the executioner. This should have horrified the reader as they would not have liked to wear a dead person's clothes. Mr Jaggers is presented as a powerful man. He seems more powerful than the law. When the coachman took Pip to Jaggers' office he asked for more than a shilling, Pip said no, so the coachman said, "Then it must be a shilling, I don't want to get into any trouble. I know him" (Jaggers). This shows that Jaggers must be very powerful if the coachman thought he would get into trouble. Jaggers says, "Have you paid Wemmick?" many times. He will not help anyone until he is paid. This shows that he is always in control. In chapter twenty-four we learn that Jaggers treats every human interaction as it was in a court of law. Jaggers made a strong impression on Pip when Pip asked for some money, "Mr Jaggers never laughed ... with his large head bent down and his eyebrows joined together, awaiting an answer, he sometimes caused his boots to creak, as if they laughed in a dry and suspicious way." ...read more.

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Jaggers works in this society but he tries to keep himself clean from it. I think this is shown greatly in chapter twenty six, "My guardian was in the room, washing his hands with scented soap." He is trying to keep himself clean in a dirty society. Charles Dickens wants to do the same and make himself have a better life. This makes Jaggers like Charles Dickens. They both wanted to try to change the world. They both use words and are both powerful. Dickens uses words to state how bad the world is and Jaggers is very blunt when he speaks and always gets to the point. I think Charles Dickens is very much like Jaggers. Charles Dickens is very low at this time. Jaggers' character of involvement and disengagement with society reflects this. Jaggers is very lonely as he sees most other people to be too poor and lower class than him in a dirty and corrupt society where he feels he does not belong. Charles Dickens was also very lonely with his wife which made him have an affair with Ellen Ternan. The book is about how empty these great expectations turn out to be. Jaggers shows the central idea of what you can do with a corrupt society. Jaggers knows how bad the corrupt society is but he is always trying his best to improve it whatever way he can. Jaggers also becomes powerful as many people are scared of him as he is a very good and powerful lawyer. ?? ?? ?? ?? CARL CHARLTON ...read more.

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