a degree that Dickens, it is often argued, does not see. The novel is clearly interested in the to the relationship between Pip and Estella. It is in the surrealistic. explained, then they are analysed in relation to the book Great Expectations. 1 Furthermore, Hall argues that 'identity is formed in the 'interaction' between .. Pip for the first time of his life sees the beautiful girl Estella, who 'locked the. Pip is spending most of his days hanging out in Richmond with Estella. It's as though their argument never happened, and Pip tells us he never witnessed.
Miss Havisham insists she gave Estella, "a burning love, inseparable from jealousy at all times. I have never shown any weakness. She has raised Estella without any sense of self, without anything to have integrity to.
Estella feels that she belongs entirely to Miss Havisham as a mere pawn in Miss Havisham's scheme against men. The fact that Miss Havisham's love shades so easily into jealousy calls into question whether it is love at all.
Indeed, Estella implies that her own inability to love is due to never having been loved herself. Pip hotly contests it and challenges Drummle to a duel, which is cancelled once Drummle produces a personal note from Estella confirming the acquaintance.Pip and Estella - Certain Things
Thereafter, Pip is dismayed to observe Drummle successfully courting Estella and beating out her other suitors. When Pip confronts Estella one night at a ball and warns her about Drummle's unworthiness, Estella is unperturbed and coolly indifferent to Drummle's bad traits, saying "all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle.
Can the candle help it? When Pip confesses to Estella that he is jealous of the attention she gives Drummle, Estella asks him almost angrily whether Pip wants her "to deceive and entrap" him. She tells him that that is what she is doing to Drummle and all her other suitors but Pip.
This is the closest Estella has ever come to professing any fondness for Pip.
The Ending of "Great Expectations"
This is a question which you may decide for yourself, since the text we read in this class includes both endings. I will list some of the arguments on both sides, without comment, for your consideration. The novel "is too serious a book to be a trivially happy one. Its beginning is unhappy; its middle is unhappy; and the conventional happy ending is an outrage on it. In the second ending, Pip gets more than he deserves. As a result, Dickens confuses the social and moral meanings of the novel.
Estella's conversion in the second ending is not only unconvincing but contradicts the logic of the narrative and excuses the way Miss Havisham raised her. Miss Havisham does not need to be forgiven or redeemed, since neither Pip nor Estella was really damaged.
Summary Chapter 38
In the original ending, though Estelle is softened by her suffering, she remains the lady, with the same characteristic superiority, who is perhaps slightly condescending to Pip. Arguments Favoring the Second Ending The second ending continues the imagery of the garden and the mist and is better written. The second ending continues the patterns of union and separation and reconciliation, the connection of the past and the present, and Pip and Estella's meetings at Satis House.
The lovers deserve to be happy because they have suffered deeply; their suffering has changed them so much that they are no longer the same people. It is appropriate that Magwitch's daughter finds happiness with Pip.