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Re-Read Chapter Eight and Compare This Chapter with Other Events in the Novel - Great Expectations.

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Re-Read Chapter Eight and Compare This Chapter with Other Events in the Novel Great Expectations "My sister's bringing up had made me sensitive. In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. It may be small, its world is small, and its rocking-horse stands as many hands high, according to scale, as a big-boned Irish hunter" Chapter eight is of extreme importance in the expansion of Pip's character. Pip is overwhelmed by the gloom of Satis House, but Estella shines like a symbol of hope. Satis is a Latin word meaning enough. There is enough money, in the house, but on the contrary there is nowhere near enough love. Also the house is connected to the old disordered brewery. This is significant as it shows that there is no more happiness flowing around the house. Beer and ale provides, a lot of happiness for everybody, which is what the house used to feel like before Miss Havisham's heart was broken, now the house or brewery provides no happiness as everybody living in the house is unhappy, also in the brewery there is no cause of happiness as there is no more beer to be drunk and so resulting in no happiness around the brewery. ...read more.

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Joe's unwitting agent of justice. Orlick, who contains selfishness and violence, is never brought to justice for his behaviour. Magwitch is another example of a failed justice character. This is to, judged by appearances. Magwitch cares for Pip when he is captured. Supposedly, he appears to characterize evil and moral dishonesty. Pip finds him horrifying upon their first encounter and equally revolting when he returns to London as Provis. Despite all this, we learn that he is a loving, generous, sympathetic man who risks his life to see Pip and spends his fortune to repay Pip for an act of kindness. While he is a criminal, and deserving of punishment from the law, he is at the same time deserving of mercy and forgiveness from God. Magwitch's character improves throughout the novel and ends up valued by Pip and has a good impact of Pip's final character. In this chapter there is a big connection between Estella and Pip, and this is that they are both being used as tools, against something, by Miss Havisham and Magwitch correspondingly. Magwitch wants to get his own back on society and so makes a poor working class boy into gentlemen, to prove society wrong, because he feels the court treated him badly, as he was poor. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Estella earlier on in the chapter is disappointed, Pip has high hopes. Pip is also envious but Joe is never jealous. These contrasts link within the novel. There is the wedding feast, which is left to decay. This seems to sum up all of Miss Havisham's ways and her life. It can also be seen that the house, is decaying, which is ironic, seeing as the name of the house, means that it should be always pleasant but this isn't the case. The main themes of this novel are evident. These include appearances, Gentlemen or Gentle men, and lastly Crime and who are the true criminals. Dickens attacks manners as a mask for snobbery and illness. The real gentlemen in the whole novel are Joe, Mr Pocket and Herbert. Pip becomes more mature at the end of the novel though. Throughout the novel, Pip always tries to escape from the crime that is present. He meets crime right at the beginning of the novel when he meets Magwitch in the marshes, also when he meets Estella and Jaggers. The real criminals though are Compryson, Molly and the person who is not a kind of criminal is Herbet. However there are characters in the novel that are in between the Non-criminals and the criminals. These are Miss Havisham and Estella. These characters fit into this category successfully. James Hooper 03/05/2007 LVE ...read more.

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