Mister Watts of Great Expectations

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“He was whatever he needed to be, what we asked him to be... a teacher, a magician, a savior, a life.” (245) Mister Watts is one of the central focuses of the story along with Dolores, Matilda’s mother. The two characters are polar opposites in the way they make their decisions and view the world. With growth comes decisiveness in which comes greater changes, the motif of choice is entwined all through the novel of Mister Pip, whether its Dolores deciding to hide the novel, “Great Expectations” from the villagers causing greater occurrences or Mister Watts becoming a shape shifter; taking the form of what is needed, including his life. Mister Watts is a bizarre looking fellow with his eyes bulged “like they wanted to leave…show more content…
He respected everyone’s stories and opinions because after all, they are their opinions and not his. The ingenuity of Mr. Watts has always given him an upper hand over everyone, how clever he was to talk the Rambo down as well as make him look ridiculous in front of the villagers after him shouting at Mr. Watts saying “I will fuck you up the arse” (161) and how skillful he was to reinterpret and recite his version of “Great Expectations” so that children with basic or even below basic learning capabilities are able to understand a complex story with a underlining theme. On the other hand, Dolores values the elements of faith, religion and morals over all other. She is overzealous when situations are involving these items and by acting this way, she gives off a negative ambiance which is contradicting the overall image she is trying to create. Her faith and morals are tightly fabricated with her religion, how things are viewed in her eyes as well as through the eyes of God. She is shaken by the efforts to instill the belief of imagination over the belief of God in Matilda so she barges into the classroom a number of times telling the children stories hopefully to rekindle the flame of the word of God. "Now listen. Faith is like oxygen. It keeps you afloat at all times. Sometimes you need it. Sometimes you don’t. but when you do need it you better be
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