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The Relationship between Pip and Magwitch and how Dickens establishes the Relationship in the Novel 'Great Expectations'.

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The Relationship between Pip and Magwitch and how Dickens establishes the Relationship in the Novel Max Kamath 10T The novel 'Great Expectations' is possibly one of Charles Dickens' most famous novels. Written as a bildungsroman it follows the life of a young orphaned child raised by his sister and her husband. Charles Dickens also started from a poor beginning for his father was bankrupt. Pip was raised modestly as a child for his family were not very wealthy as his brother in-law was a blacksmith. Although the novel is written very interestingly on an imaginative plot, it is not the plot that makes the novel so popular. It is the series of surprising twists in the plot based upon the relationship that young Pip shares with other characters of the novel, the most emotionally capturing relationship being the relationship between Pip and a man called Able Magwitch. It is notable that Dickens favours names which hold subtle connotations. The name 'Pip' suggests that he may be small but he will one day be much bigger and stronger. The name 'Able Magwitch' has several connotations. The word 'Able' means that he is able to overcome dire situations and pull through optimistically. 'Magwitch' may be thought to suggest magic, or witchcraft. ...read more.


Magwitch made up a 'young man' to frighten Pip, as because Pip has not seen this 'young man' his imagination will play him up about him. Magwitch basically told Pip that there was no way of getting away if he failed to bring food and a file for Magwitch the following day. Magwitch was obviously a desperate man as he took such extreme measures to ensure he gets food soon. The relationship between Pip and Magwitch is a very peculiar one, as Magwitch appears very threatening, he means to do no harm to Pip, and his aggression is purely out of desperation. Magwitch clearly has little or no experience communicating with young children as he was very graphic in his brutal descriptions of what would happen to Pip if he failed to return with food and a file to cut his shackles off. Nonetheless, a bond is formed between Pip and Magwitch, as Magwitch clearly feels no hatred for Pip and may even be partially fond of him as he takes the blame for food that went missing from Pip's house when Pip's family members singled Pip out as responsible for the missing food and alcohol. A fairly strong bond is then formed between Pip and Magwitch, a bond which would mean 'Great Expectations' for young Pip. ...read more.


As Able Magwitch had remained loyal to Pip all of the years since their first encounter, Pip comes to realise how he has neglected Joe, a man who loves him dearly and had helped raise him. Magwitch has been a loyal friend to Pip, as he had not been to Joe Gargery. By the end of the novel Pip loves Able Magwitch dearly. Able had given Pip a lesson in love without knowing it. Pip was willing to die for Able, and was willing to value Able's life above his own. The relationship between Pip and Magwitch after their first encounter was a guilty bond, based upon pity and fear. They met under very dire circumstances and clearly felt great awkwardness in the company of each other. Upon Magwitch's return Pip felt as though he was a class above the convict, until he came to realise the degree of love and compassion which Able felt for him. When Pip came to terms with this unrequited affection which Able felt for him, he realised how badly he had acted towards those who cared about him most and how having great expectations had changed him as a person. He realised the Able Magwitch had been greatly loyal to himself, and realising that he did not deserve such a loyal companion, he lost the condescending classist attitude which he had once felt and was able to return the love for his true friend Able Magwitch. ...read more.

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