How Is Miss Havisham And Magwitch Alike

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Miss Havisham and Mrs. Joe. Joe and Magwitch. Estella and Biddy. Magwitch and Compeyson. These are only a few of the doubles in Great Expectations. Charles Dickens writes a lot of characters to be similar to each other, but with one or two major differences. In this book, some of these doubles include people such as; Miss Havisham and Mrs. Joe, Joe and Magwitch, Estella and Biddy, Matthew Pocket and Herbert, and many more people. Some people might say that this is unimportant, but here are some of the reasons that it is not. Doubles are recurring to show us how people can be very alike and different at the same time, and even though there are many doubles, this will be about three; Miss Havisham and Mrs. Joe, Magwitch and Compeyson, and Estella…show more content…
However, their personalities are polar opposites. Going off of that, Magwitch and Compeyson act nothing alike, but they might look alike. Pip confuses Compeyson for Magwitch, because he “[dresses] in coarse grey, too, and [has] a great iron on his leg, and [is] lame, and hoarse, and cold, and everything the other man [is]; except that he [has] not the same face” (Dickens 16). As this evidence shows, Magwitch and Compeyson are easily mistaken for each other, except for their personalities. As a result, even though people can look alike, they can be totally different on the inside. Similarly, when compared, people’s looks to their personalities, most of the time they are completely different. When Magwitch is seen, he comes off as mean. But, if someone has a nice conversation, he is really kind. To show, the conversation might go like this, “‘I’ve been a sheep-farmer, stock breeder, other trades besides, away in the New World’” (Dickens 318). To enumerate, this evidence explains how Magwitch is nice, but he can seem mean at some times, if someone gets on his bad side. Even though he does not have the same personality as Compeyson, even though they look similar. Another key point, Compeyson is not nice. He does not look nice, and he does not act nice, either. For example, Pip receives a note saying that Compeyson is “the man who [professes] to be Miss Havisham’s…show more content…
Throughout Great Expectations, character doubles are recurring, especially Mrs. Joe and Miss Havisham, Magwitch and Compeyson, and Estella and Biddy. So, even though this essay just focused on three sets of doubles, there are many more. Given these points, the doubles are here to prove that people are very different, even when they might come off similar in the
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