Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Where is the unjust legal system illustrated in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens? Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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While the prison/criminal motif runs throughout Dickens's novel, the injustice of the judicial system of Victorian England is clearly illustrated in certain chapters.

1. In Chapter XX when Pip first arrives in London, he discovers that the office of Mr. Jaggers is located on a "grimy street" that is near Old Bailey where the courts are located and around the corner from Newgate Prison.  As Mr. Jaggers approaches, he is rushed by rather unsavory types of people, whom he addresses,

Now, I have nothing to say to you,” said Mr. Jaggers, throwing his finger at them. “I want to know no more than I know. As to the result, it's a toss-up. I told you from the first it was a toss-up. Have you paid Wemmick?”

“We made the money up this morning, sir,” said one of the men submissively, while the other perused Mr. Jaggers's face.

“I don't ask you when you made it up, or where, or whether you made it up at all. Has Wemmick got it?”

“Yes, sir,” said both the men together.

“Very well;...

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