The Themes Of Pipand Esteella In Dickens Great Expectations

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especially between Pipand Estella, the girl whom she adopted. She also tries to manipulate Pip to enslave him emotionally like she molds her adopted daughter, Estella. (Houston,1992) Miss Havisham uses Estella as an instrument of revenge against Pip, “with my praises, and with my jewels and with my teachings, and with this figure of myself always before her a warning and point my lessons, I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.” (p.434) Being heartless and cruel, Estella will draw men as a candle attracts moths, and she will treat them as Compeyson treated Miss Havisham. For Joseph Miller, Miss Havisham “had deluded herself into thinking she is only letting her state of abandonment be a punishment. Through Estella, she will take an indirect, guiltless revenge and break a hundred hearts for her own heart that was broken.”(1958,p.258) She is willing to enjoy the power of the oppressor without feeling guilty that she is the direct cause behind Estella’s cruel behavior to her suitors, where she feels that men are her natural enemies. For instance, Miss Havisham wants…show more content…
He suddenly attains the status of a gentleman in society. This may explain Pip’s arrogance towards Joe and his submissiveness towards Miss Havisham and Estella, symbols of the upper class, in his pursuit of love and the luxurious life of high society in London. For Joseph Miller, Pip is ready to “barter all the spontaneity and charity of his relations to Joe for the coldness, formality, and decay of Miss Havisham’s house, and for the life as a gentleman he thinks she has given him.”
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