Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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How does Dickens use foil characters in Great Expectations to lead to theme of social class?

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Building on the previous answer, another great example of foils in Great Expectations is Miss Havisham and Magwitch. Though initially, these two characters seem to have nothing in common, it must be noted that Pip believes one is his benefactor, while the latter actually is his benefactor. Both characters are not what they seem.

One might assume that Miss Havisham is Pip's benefactor because she is wealthy, high-bred, and seems to want Pip to be with Estella. One might assume Magwitch is just a no-good criminal because of the initial impression he makes. But in truth, Miss Havisham is selfish and cruel...

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