What Happens? Essay

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In this chapter, Pip is in his residence, the Temple, all alone, as Herbert is away on a business trip. Suddenly, he hears footsteps on the stairs. After some enquiries, Pip finds out it is his convict from on the marshes all those years ago! His name is Magwitch, and he bears a truth that will turn Pips life on its head. It turns out that Magwitch, the criminal who once held Pip upside down, robbed and threatened him, is in fact, Pips benefactor. Pip, who should be overjoyed to finally meet the person who was made him what he is while also very grateful to that person, instead turns into an insolent snob and treats him with incredible disrespect.

Magwitch, however, shows his feelings for Pip when he says, Im your second father. Youre my son more to me nor any son. Ive put away money, only for you to spend. Hes openly loving to Pip, who just wants to get Magwitch out the house. Pip acts like this because he believes that he cant be a proper gentleman with such a shameful benefactor, when the real reason is actually his attitude towards people like Magwitch, and earlier to Joe.

Section Two: The Setting Dickens uses many techniques in which to create a sinister and unpleasant setting. The main one though is use of the weather is like a mirror of Pips thoughts and feelings. This is called Pathetic Fallacy. We know that Pip is troubled and confused by his unknowing of his benefactor. This is reflected by the weather being decribed as an Eternity of cloud & wind, conveying Pips thoughts as cloudy and frantic.

Section Three: The Varnish Pip may have lots of fancy, gentleman-like things, such as his ring, watch, Latin books & fine linen, but he is not a true gentleman at heart. Pips status can be compared to what Matthew Pocket said earlier in the play. When Mr Pocket said, ¦no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself. This, in terms of Pips life, suggests that however many luxurious things Pip has, he will not be a true gentleman until he discovers some compassion and dignity in himself towards others. He regards anyone who isnt rich and pampered as inferior, such as when Joe came to visit him.

Joe, sweet, kind, wonderful Joe, who treated Pip with such caring, like he was his own flesh and bones, is more of a gentleman than grand, rich Pip. This is because being a gentleman is what is on the inside, feelings and thoughts about other people, rather than belongings and titles. This is showed in its entirety when Pip is broke and injured and who saves him from a life of squalor? Joe. With every last penny hes ever saved in the forge, he gives away to clear poor Pips debts.

Section Four: Pips Feelings Dickens manages to express Pips feelings towards Magwitch, mainly with a variety of long, descriptive passages. One example of this is: That I cannot wish to renew that chance intercourse with you of long ago, under these different circumstances. This is Pip being very pompous, and also very patronising towards Magwitch. Pip doesnt believe that Magwitch is worthy of his time so he tries to be as rude and insolent as possible to his guest.

Also, Pips reaction to finding out the truth of his benefactors identity is extreme. Instead jumping for joy and embracing Magwitch as his second father, he seemed to be suffocating¦looking wildly¦the room began to surge and turn. This reaction shows Pips revolted reaction to the new revelation. Personally, when I read this chapter I felt very sorry for Magwitch, as he only shows love and care for Pip, yet he is treated so disgustingly.

Section Five: Magwitchs Feelings Magwitch doesnt seem to care, or even notice, how rude Pip is being to him, because he seems to happy to see the man he feels he has made. When he sees all Pips belongings (Latin books etc.), he feels that Pip is the perfect gentleman because he is under the same impression as Pip. I mean that of the portrayal of a gentleman. They both seem to misinterpret what being a gentleman is all about. They believe that it is what someone owns and education that makes someone a gentleman. When reading this passage, as well as feeling sympathy for Magwitch, the reader may also think that he should stick up for himself against Pip, a nobody from a forge in Marsh Country, who he took to becoming a rich somebody in London town.

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