It is not surprising that Miss Havisham doesn’t lecture or even comment about Estella’s ill behaviour. This is because Estella is with Miss Havisham for only one reason, to cause embarrassment and loss of pride on the male sex. This happens because Miss Havisham was going to get married to a man earlier in her life, but that happiness was horribly taken away from her, when he ran off before the ceremony with some of her money. This badly distressed Miss Havisham so badly that she went home, kept everything the same and never saw sunlight again, and just sat in darkness in her wedding dress. “He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!
” This comment is humiliating for Pip because he has never known any different than to call knaves, Jacks whilst playing cards and now somebody of his own age but of a higher class is correcting him, not politely but rudely and with the intention solely of humiliating him. Estella also says this to bring up the difference in status between upper class and lower class families. She knows that this comment particularly distresses Pip because he has got his heart set on moving up the status ladder and becoming a proper gentleman. She then continues to offend him by commenting on his appearance and clothes.
Estella continues to mock Pip, “And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots! ” These statements continue to make Pip feel even worse. Pip goes on to listen and take in what she is saying, eventually looking at his hands and remarking on what a very indifferent pair they are. This proves that Estella’s constant bullying is getting through to him, and beginning to wear him down. This makes the reader feel pity for him. They continue to play, Pip deals the cards, and accidentally misdeals one. Estella uses this chance to pounce upon the opportunity to insult Pip with: “Stupid, clumsy, labouring-boy”
This constant harassment from Estella towards Pip shows her opinion she sees of him. She considers him to be no higher than a servant of her. This is particularly damaging for Pip because he admits to Miss Havisham that he regards Estella as being “very pretty” (although against his will as he thinks of whispering as rude). This is increasing the reader’s sympathy for Pip because it depicts him as innocent and honest. Which is the complete opposite to his hosts, one of whom is extremely eccentric, the other is savage, abusive and vicious towards him. This makes him easy to rip apart for Estella and Miss Havisham.
Many of the comments Estella makes to Pip make him feel very self-conscious; he begins to question the way he was bought up by his sister. He is made so upset that when Miss Havisham tells him to leave and tells Estella to get him some food he goes into the courtyard and cries. He also thinks about his coarse hands and common boots, other things, which Estella had pointed out to him. Pip finally cracks when Estella gives Pip some food almost as if he were a dog, and would be made to eat off of the floor. “She came back, with some bread and meat and a little mug of beer.
She put the mug down on the stones of the yard, and gave me, the bread and meat without looking at me, as if I was a dog in disgrace. I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry – I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart – god knows what its name was” This proves that as far as Pip was concerned, this was the last straw, she had just pushed him too far as shown by the way that he cannot define the word to be used for his emotions. Being considered to be a servant was bad enough, but an animal! He breaks again and starts to weep. “Tears started to my eyes.
The moment they sprung there, the girl looked at me with a quick delight in having been the cause of them. ” Pip breaks down and the tears start, which once again increases our sympathy for Pip. What’s more, Estella enjoys and is glad with her work of completely crushing Pip, and pushing him to tears, in front of her. “Why don’t you cry? ” “Because I don’t want to. ” “You do,” said she. “You have been crying till you are half blind, and you are near crying again now. ” These are the last harsh and insulting words to Pip before being chucked out at the gates of the house by Estella.
The reader feels that a lot of pressure has been placed on Pip during the time spent at the peculiar house and the last embrace with Estella is a last attempt to break Pip. The book was written at a time when people’s social life’s were very important and meant a lot to them. Dickens shows us this quite clearly through the first meeting between Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham. Pip, is kind-hearted and innocent, but he is very gullible as shown in the encounters at the house. Estella is intelligent, but cruel, bitter and twisted due to the strange upbringing. Miss Havisham is a bitter old woman.
Who wants to take revenge on all men for the wrong that was done to her by one man. Pips humble start in life would not have prepared him in any way in knowing how to deal with these types of people in their strange surroundings. This makes you feel very sympathetic to Pip as he is the person who has to enter these surroundings, especially as it was not through his own choice but of someone elses. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section. Download this essay Print Save Not the one? Search for y