What are strong and weak character traits of  Jaggers in Great Expectations?

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Jaggers is a forceful, intelligent, intimidating man with a big, imposing build. He is highly regarded as a lawyer because he usually wins his cases, regardless of whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. Although people hate and fear him, nobody loves him. His life outside of his office and the law courts is empty. He has a sentimental streak which he tries to hide from everyone, including himself. This explains why he rescued a little girl from a wretched environment and a truly terrible mother and gave her to Miss Havisham to be brought up as a genteel young lady. Jaggers is like many men who have adopted a formidable persona (mask) to intimidate others: he is lonely and sad much of the time; he has to bury himself in his work in order to avoid facing the emptiness of his life. He has made a lot of money but doesn't know what to do with it.

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