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Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:41 AM via web

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With reference to 2/more chapters how does Dickens portray the character of Magwitch in Great Expectations?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2009 at 2:41 AM (Answer #1)

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When Dickens first introduces Magwitch in Chapter 1, he is an escaped convict who uses fear and intimidation to frighten young Pip into doing what he want. Magwitch threatens to cut out Pip's heart and liver if Pip doesn't return with "wittles" (food) and something to cut off his leg irons. In Chapter 5, we see a little of the humanity of this convict when he takes the entire blame for taking the food from Joe and Mrs. Joe. However, all of this seems a forgotten incident until Chapter 39 when the Magwitch returns and we learn he is Pip's benefactor. After Magwitch explains his story, he becomes somewhat of a father figure to Pip, who by this time is willing to risk his own life to help Magwitch escape from the country.

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