Why do you think Miss Havisham manipulates and misleads Pip into thinking she is his secret benefactor? What, if anything, does she derive from this?

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Miss Havisham wants to gain revenge on the whole of mankind for being jilted on her wedding day all of those years ago. She doesn't deliberately set out to fool Pip as to the true identity of his benefactor, but he's certainly collateral damage in her one-woman crusade to get back at men for all of the years of suffering and heartache she's endured.

Not unreasonably, Pip draws the conclusion that Miss Havisham is responsible for his good fortune, for his moving up in the world and becoming a gentleman about town. There's no one else around who would fit the bill. Pip would certainly never have dreamed in a million years that it was Abel Magwitch, the escaped convict, who's really his benefactor. Although Miss Havisham may not have planted the idea in Pip's head, she doesn't exactly go out of her way to disabuse the young man of his erroneous conclusions. So long as Pip thinks that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, he'll be more likely to pursue Estella, and the more he pursues Estella, the deeper he'll be suckered into hers—and Miss Havisham's—elaborate trap.

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Miss Havisham does not originally set out to convince Pip that she is his benefactor. Her goal was to make Pip fall in love with Estella so that Estella could break his heart. When Pip began thinking that Miss Havisham was his benefactor, he kept it to himself for a while because that was one condition of his situation. However, as Miss Havisham picked up on Pip's assumption and chose to not correct him. She does derive a certain amount of joy from the suffering of others. Miss Havisham is carrying the scars of being mislead herself and abandoned at the altar. This event made her very evil and cynical, and she has made it her life's goal to see men humiliated and abused. Pip is able to make her feel a bit of remorse when he confronts her, but the damage is already done.

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