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In the ending of the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, how does the director, Julian Jarrold, try to show us that Pip and Estella are trying to move on with their lives, but are still haunted and threatened by the past?

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In the ending of the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, how does the director, Julian Jarrold, try to show us that Pip and Estella are trying to move on with their lives, but are still haunted and threatened by the past? Dickens made many changes between the two endings of Great Expectations. One of the main changes was in Dickens first ending, in this ending Drummle dies and Estella remarries to a doctor. I believe dickens changes this because with Estella marrying someone else, it leaves Pip and Estella with no hope of getting together. This will leave the reader with less to think about meaning it will not be as good an ending. Another change in the original is that they accidentally meet in London and not at Manor house. In the finished article there are only a few differences to the original such as, Estella has kept the house and all of the land and her and Pip accidentally meet at Manor house. Dickens changes the ending because the original gives us no hope of Estella and Pip ever getting together. Also the original does not end on a cliff hanger and this means we stop thinking about the novel, where as in the published version it ends on a cliff hanger so we are constantly thinking after reading it. ...read more.


Also it makes us think of a fairytale because it is like the prince rescuing the princess from the castle, this could be thought of because Estella could be mentally trapped inside the house the same as Miss Havisham was. After this we see Pip meeting Estella and going into the house the room has been refurbished and painted a gold colour to represent warmth. Once again in this scene the use a two shot and a long shot to show us both people and how they are reacting and what they are doing. The director uses these factors to show us that Estella may have changed by having the house refurbished and the colours of the house changed. Also we see that Estella is also wearing similar or the same shoes as Miss Havisham used to wear this will make us think once again that Estella may be turning into a version of Miss Havisham but also she may just have similar shoes to Miss Havisham but it may have no relation. We now see Pip and Estella getting closer and we see a tear fall from Estella's eye this is very important. We then see that Estella does not know how to react so she hugs Pip and rubs Pip's face. The camera angles used are a close up shot and an over-the-shoulder shot. ...read more.


We believe they show the marsh and birds as symbols. They show the birds to make a point that Estella and Pip are free from Miss Havisham's old strict ways and the way she held them as mental prisoners. We also feel that the marsh and reeds are a symbol of Estella and Pip's changes in their life, I believe this because the marsh will slowly change over the years similar to the way Pip and Estella have. I believe the director changed Dickens ending to try and emphasis the way Pip and Estella have changed and give us more hope of there being a relationship for Pip and Estella. Also he may have done this because the modern day audience like there being a happy ending and giving Pip and Estella a chance at a relationship, gives us more hope and draws in the modern audience. I believe that the director stayed fairly true to Dickens intentions because Pip and Estella met at the same place and they ended as good friends, in both we can see hope for them in the future. I believe the BBC version is more effective because it leaves us with more hope that there will be a future for Estella and Pip meaning we will be thinking about it for longer. Also it ends with them laughing and joking so it ends on an ever happier note so it is more entertaining for the modern day audience. ...read more.

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