Magwitch Character Analysis

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rightfully afraid of any man bearing the appearance of Magwitch and one who threatens to eat you. Pip’s character, for the most part at the beginning of the novel, is replete with fear and cowardice. At the same time, one might say that these characteristics are the result of his exposure to certain overbearing and threatening persons. Of course this is seen with Magwitch but more so in the presence of Pip’s sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery. She boasts that she has “brought me [Pip] up ‘by hand’ ” (Dickens 6). Her character is so sour during the first few chapters of the book and her display of brutality toward Pip and Joe is such that gives us reason not to pity Mrs. Joe but to pity Joe and Pip. She is described as “not a good looking woman” and having a habit of going “on the Ram-page” (Dickens 6-7). Furthermore, Pip describes her doing things in a very violent way; e.g. “a trenchant way of cutting our bread and butter”, “her housekeeping of the strictest kind”, among many other violent and abusive examples (Dickens 8). Therefore one might say that Pip’s character is justified. However, there is a ray of hope of some kind of bravery in Pip. Pip promised Magwitch he would get him food and a file; Pip does fulfill his promise, despite the threats of Mrs. Joe, and therefore shows some good “heroic” qualities of honesty and bravery in the midst of threats. Although coercion and the threat of death spur such actions, these characteristics are there in Pip. Pip is more or less a puny,

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