Great Expectations

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Sydney Ray P-5

In this world there are many different types of people. Some are short and some are tall. Some are big and others are small. Some are funny or smart. Some act like don’t have a beating heart. Charles Dickens was good at making many different character types in his book Great Expectations. There were two characters that stood out to me, two characters that influenced Pip.

Which brings me to miss Havisham. The mad, wealthy, Miss Havisham. Havisham influenced Pip by using him to get some kind of revenge. Revenge on men, men in general. For instance when she urges Pip to love Estella. “Love her, love her, love her! If she favors you, love her, if she wounds you love her. If she tears your heart to pieces and as it gets older and stronger it will tear deeper. Love her, love her, love her!”… “Hear me, Pip! I adopted her to be loved. I bred her and educated her to be loved. I developed her into what she is, that she might be loved. Love her!” Furthermore she has influenced Pip when Pip was just a boy, he went to her rotting home there he saw what it was like to be rich, powerful. Such as in chapter eight. Miss Havisham is one character that had a lot of influenced on Mr. Pip.

Unlike Miss Havisham, Estella is young and beautiful. Estella, raised by Miss Havisham, is quite cold and bitter. I think because Havisham raised her it crushed her ability to express emotion. But it is because of her bitterness she is in my essay. Estella influenced Pip by treating him like rubbish and humiliating him the very first day of meeting Pip because he was from the “working class.” Like when she says “With this boy! He is a common laboring boy!” in response to Miss Havisham’s request for her to play cards with him. Or when Estella gave Pip the bread, meat, and mug of beer. Estella would taunt Pip by saying thing like “why don’t you cry?” Estella had taught Pip very poorly and had humiliating him. Yet his response was to love her. Miss Havisham messed with...
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