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What are differences between Miss Havisham and Magwitch in Great Expectations?

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Miss Havisham comes from a much more socially respectable family than Magwitch. Though somewhat eccentric, Miss Havisham is highly regarded on account of her wealth and social position; nothing could be further from the truth for Magwitch. He's a convict who can never truly take his place in respectable society, but if he can't, then he's determined that Pip will. That's why he makes the young man such a generous bequest, which enables him to pursue the life of a gentleman about town in London.

Even though Magwitch himself becomes rich and successful after he emigrates to Australia, he's still an outsider, someone who doesn't really belong in contemporary English society. Somewhat ironically, Miss Havisham does belong, despite the fact that she's locked herself away from society all these years since she was cruelly jilted on her wedding day. Although society may be changing, it seems that blood and breeding still matter. This gives Miss Havisham a pass to indulge in devious,...

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