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Look again at chapters 1 and 8 where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham and chapters 44 and 56 his final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pip's relationship with these two characters.

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Great Expectations Look again at chapters 1 and 8 where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham and chapters 44 and 56 his final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pip's relationship with these two characters. In this essay I am going to look at and analyse Pips first and last meetings with Miss Havisham and Magwitch. I will also discuss how these meetings affected Pips character and future. Also how his feelings towards Magwitch and Havisham changed throughout the novel. As at the beginning of the novel Pip was really impressed by the upper class, however by the end of the novel he realised that his real friends and family members were from the working class and that you didn't have to have money and be a gentleman to be at your happiest. I am also going to talk about Charles Dickens and his purpose for the book, and where it is shown, another thing I will do is state whether I think he was effective and why. I think Charles Dickens is a great author and has written a terrific book as the links between all the characters keeps you very intrigued and you build a strong relationship with Pip and sometimes you hope it works out the way he wants, but then sometimes you don't. Knowing about Charles Dickens' background and childhood you recognize lots of links between him and Pip, which is also very interesting. As Charles was a social commentator and protester you see him bringing subjects he felt very strongly about into the book, which I will talk about in more detail later in this essay. I will now talk about the significance of the two meetings of Pip and Miss Havisham and Pip and Magwitch. I think that the meeting of Miss Havisham is significant because after his first visit Pip starts to blame his brother in law Joe, for them being working class, and not knowing higher class words. ...read more.

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We can also see when Miss Havisham talks the difference in class, as she is talking perfect standard English and using words people like Pip and a Joe would not use. I will now talk about the significance of the final meetings between Pip and Miss Havisham and Pip and Magwitch. I feel the final meeting between Pip and Magwitch is important as we see the role reversals between them. We also see how their relationship has grown and developed. Another reason is that we sadly see the loss of Magwitch who gained a large part in Pips heart and changed the course of his life greatly. However before his death Magwitch helped Pip realise how life is not all about money and your greatest friends are the ones who are there for you even if you have money or not, although I think Magwitch may have done this without realising. As I do not think Magwitch set out to find a replacement child or find someone to love and care for. I feel the importance of the last meeting of Pip and Miss Havisham is that we see many of the changes in Pip, such as his confidence also the change in power. We also see Pip telling Miss Havisham that he knows about her evil plans and how he feels about them, he also tells Estella and Havisham of how they have both affected his life. Another thing, which is significant about this meeting, is that we see Estella telling us of how see feels she cannot love because of the way she has been brought up also as Estella informs Havisham of her marriage acceptance. I am now going to talk about chapter 44 which is the last meeting between Pip and Miss Havisham, I will start by talking about the changes in power "They both raised their eyes as I went in, and both saw an alteration in me" This shows that there has been a power change and now Pip seems to have the most power in the relationship. ...read more.

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He also thought it was unfair as lower class people were treated differently. I feel he was so against this as his Dad was sent to prison for debts and he spent a lot of his childhood in and around prisons. As well as being a social commentator writing this book was another way of attacking and letting other people know about what he thought was a terrible excuse for a justice system. I feel Charles Dickens succeeded in attacking and letting other people know what the justice system was like and how he felt. As before reading the book I never knew anything about the 1800's justice system, however while reading the book as I got more knowledge about the subject I started to realise how unfair it was. I started to feel sorry Magwitch and other people who were in those situations. There was many links in this novel to his own family and life so some people would say it was a type of autobiography about his life when he was a child. He was also attacking the class system as another thing he thought was unfair was that lower class people like "Biddy" who was a true friend to Pip could not rise in class, even if they were very well educated and did a great job well, like Biddy who could not rise in class. As Biddy was of a low class she had to be self educated and at a young age became a teacher to Pip and then went on to be a great primary school teacher, but could never rise in class or status as she was lower class and in the 1800's it was thought you had to stay in the class you was born into. Which is completely different today, as more opportunities arise for new generations, therefore giving them more opportunities to rise in class and the fact that this was not possible then, annoyed Charles Dickens and this was another thing he was attacking in this book. By Jamie Whitehead 11T ...read more.

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