Pip is terrorized by his angry sister and perfectly understands that he is being mistreated although this abuse is all he knows. A child’s world is small and familiar and every instance of mistreatment is greatly felt. It’s a child’s instinct to recognize oppression. Characters: Name Role in story Significance Adjectives Pip Estella The protagonist and narrator. Miss Havisham’s ward and Pip’s He is an orphan boy who is being raised by his sister and brother-in- law because both his parents are dead. His goal has always been to improve himself morally and socially and throughout the novel, he is given that chance. She is the love of Pip’s life, but also highly unattainable. She often Passionate, ambitious, immature, romantic Beautiful, cruel,
Miss Havisham Abel Magwitch Joe Gargery Jaggers unattainable dream. Old, decrepit woman who leaves in a manor called Satis House. The criminal who terrorizes Pip in the cemetery, and Pip’s secret benefactor. Pip’s brother-in- law, the village blacksmith; husband of Mrs. Joe. The lawyer hired by Magwitch. treats Pip coldly and cruelly and makes clear how uninterested she is. She warns him again and again that she has no heart. She treats Pip as inferior, often referring to him as a common boy. She is a decaying woman who has spent most of her life reliving the day of her wedding, or at least would have been. She walks around her house in her old, dirty gown, surrounded by clocks all stopped at 20 minutes to nine. Minutes before her wedding, she was jilted by her fianc é and therefore hates all men. She raises Estella as the tool of her revenge, training her beautiful ward to break men’s hearts. Due to Pip’s kindness in the cemetery by providing him with food he stole from his sister, Magwitch devotes his life to making a fortune and using it to elevate Pip to a higher social class. He funds Pip’s education and lavish lifestyle in London. He stays with his abusive and overbearing wife out of love for Pip and to protect him from her whipping stick called Tickler. He is one of the few characters who acts for the benefit of those he loves and suffers silently when Pip treats him coldly. He supervises Pip’s elevation to the upper class. He often cares for
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