Why Is Charles Dickens Revised End Of Great Expectations

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The End Charles Dickens had originally written an ending for Great Expectations that is distinct from the one that is written in the books. Dickens decided to change the ending because of a suggestion from one of his friends. Dickens writes in his revised ending, “I have put in as pretty a piece of writing as I could, and I have no doubt the story will be more acceptable through the alteration. Upon the whole, I think it is for the better.” The original ending is based on Estella and Pip casual meeting on the streets and the revised ending is based on a promise to be friends. The ending that best fits Dickens’ style is the original ending. The original ending is based on Pip and Estella causally meet on the streets while Estella reveals that her husband Drummle has died but she has remarried a doctor. They interact in brief but well mannered small speak while Pip tells her that he is happy that she has ended up with someone desirable although it had no longer been himself. Pip stays unmarried but is overjoyed in knowing that Estella is now a different woman from the cruel and heartless female that she was. The closing sentence of the chapter Pip can now see that “suffering have been stronger than Miss Havisham's coaching and had given her a heart to understand what my heart was once” (Dickens).…show more content…
Pip and Estella meet at the Satis House once again as they first meet. According to the book, “ "We are friends," said I, rising and bending over her, as she rose from the bench. And will continue friends apart, said Estella. I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.” This quote foreshadows that they do come to be married and dwelling fortuitously ever after
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