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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
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Discuss the relationship between Pip and Estella in Great Expectations.

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Pip is first a playmate for Estella at around the age of 10. Pip being the poor boy from the village blacksmith's home was a strange character to bring to Satis House, Estella's home. The purpose for their relationship at least from the beginning was for Estella to practice being mean to the male race. She effectively made fun of him, mocked him, and therefore hurt him emotionally regularly.

She began to draw him in through his growing years and he grew to love her. His life circumstances led him to believe he was being prepared for her. With an anonymous benefactor whose purpose was to make him a gentlemen, he saw no other reason except for becoming Estella's man.

Estella had a cold heart and could not love Pip or any other man, but I believe in a way, she came to love him. She became engaged to Bentley Drummle and this enraged Pip, but she realized Pip truly loved her. She knew she could not return his love in the romantic sense and wanted to prevent him from the pain it would cause for him to imagine they could be anything more than friends.

By the end of the story, Miss Havisham feels bad for what she created in Estella and would have liked to see Pip's experience with her to have been different. But it is too late.

I think this is part of the purpose for the title Great Expectations, he expected more, but never achieved it.

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