Essay On The Estella Pip Relationship In Great Expectations

Pip's Relationships In Great Expectations Essay

In Great Expectations Charles Dickens writes:
You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres
else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends. (223)
At the beginning of the novel, Pip was a slightly fearful boy, afraid of many things, as all young children are. But, ironically, he meets a rather significant man. He meets this man, an escaped convict, in the local marshes near the military barracks. This unusual man, Magwitch provides Pip with his mysterious financial status. After Pip helps Magwitch, he goes home to his sister, Mrs. Joe, also his mother figure, and Joe, his sisters husband, and his father figure. Mrs. Joe has a quite coarse personality, while Joe cares deeply for Pip. This creates a strong bond between the two, almost like a true father-son bond. It creates a bond that is hard for Pip to break when he is called to his “great expectations”, which Joe, in the end, makes it easier for Pip to go his separate and rightful path in life.

Pips’ relationships with others show he is a compassionate person. Magwitch, Pip’s funder, acts almost as a guardian angel to Pip. Pip, almost certain that Miss Havisham is the reason for his new and wonderful life, discovers that indeed Magwitch, the convict he helped so long ago, is the reason for his sudden and mysterious fortunes. Whenever Pip fell into debt, Magwitch had knowledge and bailed him out and put him back on his feet. Nobody had ever suspected that a convict would be the reason for Pips’ success in life, which makes it hard for Pip and Magwitch to begin a strong relationship because they have only known each other a few days. Magwitch’s reason for making Pips’ life so much easier might have been that he might have looked back at what Pip had risked to help a total stranger in a time of need he might have seen Pip like him when he was a child, so as a result he funded him and lead him to become a very fine gentleman, rather than a lowly blacksmith or worse, a criminal.

In contrast to the foggy, quick, overwhelming relationship Pip shared with Magwitch, his and Estella’s relationship, far different from any others’ in the novel, is filled with love, grieving, and powerful, swinging emotions. Estella and Pip were destined to be together, as thought of from Pip’s point-of-view. He was convinced that Miss Havisham was his funder and wanted him and Estella to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, when Pip found out that Miss Havisham was not his prolonged...

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Development of Relationship between Pip and Estella.

Philip ‘Pip’ Pirip, around whom the structure of the greatest English novelist Dickens’soutstanding work 

Great Expectations

has been constructed, does not firmly have in mindthe so called ‘great’ expectations until he meets Estella. He is exhilarated to make up hismind to be a true gentleman by this strange meeting. His relationship with Estella does notgrow naturally as is expected by the reader: rather he is every time rejected, ridiculed and istreated crudely by the young woman with an icy heart.Being scoffed at on the very first meeting, Pip finds himself an orphan in a new worldwhere he has no one to confide in, no mentor to guide him and most important, he has nomoney to realise his dreams. He finds no way out to escape from what he has come to think of as ‘the common life’.This idea has been sown in Pip’s mind as a result of Estella’s scornful remarks towards himas regards his lifestyle: “...why, he is a common labouring boy!” and, “And hat coarsehands he has! And what thick boots!” This disdain and later ill treatment from Estella whohe has infatuated with, rouse a sense of grief and depression in Pip’s mind, and a very lowidea about the commonness of the labouring class that he belonged to. He is treated like adog and is ‘so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry’ that tears started to hiseyes.In response Pip can not abominate Estella nor can he avoid her attraction. He wants tobecome a gentleman just worthy of Estella. That is, he gets an enthusiastic approbationfrom Estella’s maltreatment. This is affirmed by the conversation between Pip and Biddy— another young lady presumably in love with Pip—as to Pip’s eagerness for Estella: “... andI admire her dreadfully, and I want to be a gentleman on her account. ”At the very moment he apprehends that Biddy is a good woman and that Estella, at anygiven moment, might make him miserable. Yet he can not help loving Estella. Hisconfession to Biddy is charged with self-pity: “If I could only get myself to fall in lovewith you.” In fact he could never do so, for he has no ability to free himself from theglowing attraction of Estella.Now, when Pip learns that his ‘great expectation’ might be a reality, it dazzles him. Hetakes it to be an angelic deed on the part of Miss Havisham, who has taken Estella for anadopted child; and thinks that Miss Havisham would expect to marry Estella to Pip infuture. He does not have the slightest doubt that she has toyed with him.In reality, Miss Havisham cherished a severe hatred for men and to avenge her brokenheart has made a heart-breaking machine of Estella. Pip is her suitable target whom she cantrap with the help of the unavoidable lure of Estella’s physical beauty, her queen like prideand gesture. So it was easy for Miss Havisham to entice Pip by Estella and make him loveher:

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