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The characters Miss Havisham, Bentley Drummle and Joe Gargery in Great Expectations.

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The characters Miss Havisham, Bentley Drummle and Joe Gargery in Great Expectations Miss Havisham is a wealthy lady whose success came from the brewery attached to Satis House. The house itself is in decay, since the day Miss Havisham was forsaken on her wedding day, by Compeyson, a man who only used her for her wealth. The fact that she was able to "stop time" in the manor is a sign of her fortune. She is able to afford to keep the house the same as it was. Miss Havisham is from the upper-class, though she was not born into aristocracy. Her decaying house perhaps mirrors her own gradual destruction. After being jilted, Miss Havisham sought to wreak revenge upon all men by adopting and using Estella as a tool. She raised Estella out of her own selfish desires to hurt the men who fall in love with her beauty. She encourages Estella to "break men's hearts" and Pip was just someone for Estella to practise on. ...read more.

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Though he is a minor character in the novel, Drummle represents a key factor - class distinction. He is a "gentleman" by wealth, but not by nature. Drummle wants to marry Estella for her beauty and riches, which is to say that he is a very shallow man. He does not truly love Estella, and the marriage is not a happy one, as he mistreats her and they are miserable. The marriage fails in the end, due to Estella's mission to break men's hearts and because Drummle found out whose Estella's real parents were - a convict and a murderess. After discovering this, Drummle abandons Estella because of his shallowness, and does not want others to know of his association to a criminal class. In the end, he dies in a riding accident because he mistreated a horse. I think that Dickens had a negative view of money and those with status. Almost all the characters with wealth and social status in this novel end up destroyed. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pip falls ill after Magwitch's death and Joe, who has never stopped caring for Pip, brings him back to the marshes to care for him. We can see Joe has high morals and this can be linked to Eva Smith from "An Inspector Calls" - J.B Priestley, who was, like Joe, one of the working-class but with clearer morals than those belonging to others of higher-class. Pip narrates this story and shows Joe in a favourable light, as if he were confessing his treatment towards Joe. Pip realises now that Joe had always been there and had always loved him and by writing Joe in such a positive way, he is trying to admit and atone for his mistakes. I think this is an important aspect in life to recognise and to act upon, even today. People should not be judged on their class, money or even looks but on criteria other than these attributes. A person's true self is only expressed through their compassion and personality, and Pip realises this through Magwitch and Joe. ...read more.

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