How Does Miss Havisham Change In Great Expectations

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Throughout the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, we see how money the effects the attitudes of characters such as Pip, Estella, Miss. Havisham and Joe Gargery. Pip, the main character of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations goes through the most evident change in behavior as a result of money. First, toward the beginning of the novel we see the main character Pip’s desire to become a gentleman. He starts out relatively content with his life as a common boy and his friendship with Joe, but after going to Miss Havisham’s house he is given a glimpse of the lives on the opposite end of the social spectrum. After Estella criticizes him, he becomes embarrassed about the coarseness of his hands and the thickness of his boots. Things that had never once crossed his mind before. He becomes ashamed…show more content…
She is adopted by the wealthy Miss havisham who takes her in as her own. Estella's attitude and characteristics were greatly reliant on how Miss Havisham. Instead of being taught values such as hard-work, kindness and honesty as she might have in a regular household, the affluent Miss Havisham teaches her how to be cruel. Miss havisham shaped her into the woman that she wished she had been; beautiful and refines but cold and heartless, someone who breaks hearts instead of having her own heart broken. Even Estella recognizes this, saying to Pip, “You must know… that I have no heart... Oh! I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt and, of course, if it ceased to beat I should cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no - sympathy - sentiment - nonsense" (251). You might think that Estella was lucky enough t o be taken in by someone wealthy since she would forever be taken care of and would never have to worry about money. However, Miss havisham is concerned with more superficial things and her own. Add about her marriage and change in behavior at
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