Magwitch Character Analysis

1683 WordsJun 25, 20187 Pages
Crouching in the damp, soft grass, a boy was hunched over a gravestone. He was gazing intently at the words inscribed on a particular stone which looked weathered but not enough so that it was unreadable. Several others just like it lay in a row nearby with just enough space for a small body to be buried there. There looked to be about five more small tombstones, but with the heavy fog surrounding the marshy area it was hard to tell where anything truly was. The headstone the boy sat in front of however was large enough to fit an adult man. The boy’s fingers traced the letters that had been imprinted on the dark stone some time ago. The concentration he held was uncommon for a boy of that age. Whispering could be heard coming from his…show more content…
He no longer is the man that “took up, took up, took up to that extent that [he] reg'larly grow'd up took up” (Dickens 5119), but instead, Magwitch proves he is “honest, loving and caring” (Weidler). Before he completely changes, Magwitch began to make a fortune for himself after he was released from prison and made his way back to England. While he did acquire a great sum it was hard for him to be respected in society's eyes. In this time, it was extremely difficult for a convict to become a reputable person in the world (Morrison). Because of this, “Magwitch attempts to make Pip a gentleman because he knows that he can never attain that position himself.” (Morrison) Pip is able to rise in social class from his previously desolate lifestyle as an apprentice to a blacksmith. The basis of Magwitch’s character simply relies upon his outlook on life. If he had resigned to his life of crime, he may have become like an average criminal, but Magwitch remained hopeful that he could change and that was all that truly mattered in his case. While he may have started off as a respectable man from a poor family, situations in his life made him look for something that his old life could not provide for him. Because the two men shared similar lifestyles, Charles Dickens already had an idea of an origin for Magwitch’s character. Both men were exposed to the
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