Great Expectations Essay
Pip and Estella’s relationship in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is quite controversial. Dickens allows the readers to decide for themselves whether Pip and Estella eventually married or remained purely friends. While there are many various opinions on the subject, I do not believe they marry in the end. From the very beginning, Pip and Estella had an interesting relationship, and as the book progressed it became all the more confusing. By the end, they had each faced individual hardships and morphed into completely different people.
Due to Estella being raised by Miss Havisham to torment the hearts of men, she was deliberately cruel to Pip. Estella belittled him, making Pip feel like a disgraceful “common labouring boy” not worthy of her presence. Pip commented on his first meeting of Estella, saying “she was as scornful of me as if she had been one-and-twenty, and a queen,” expressing that she was quite vicious and pitiless towards him. This practice resulted in Pip’s deepest love towards her. Pip had been habitually abused by Mrs. Joe throughout his childhood, and could possibly have been used to Estella’s harsh and heartless treatment. Estella conceitedly recognized Pip’s admiration, but undermined the notion of romantic love and purposely aggravated Pip. Estella’s beauty and poise distracted Pip from her cruel manner which otherwise would have been unattractive.
Estella’s torment of Pip led to his desire to better himself to be worthy of her love. Pip felt he must have higher expectations of himself, and wished to be a gentleman of high social status for Estella. Pip’s early relationship with Estella was based purely on his deep admiration of her high social status and beauty, rather than she as a whole. It is possible that Pip only loved Estella due to what she represented and not who she was. Pip also felt very inadequate throughout the beginning of the book, so perhaps he found Estella attractive due to her self-assured...
Development of Relationship between Pip and Estella.
Philip ‘Pip’ Pirip, around whom the structure of the greatest English novelist Dickens’soutstanding work
has been constructed, does not firmly have in mindthe so called ‘great’ expectations until he meets Estella. He is exhilarated to make up hismind to be a true gentleman by this strange meeting. His relationship with Estella does notgrow naturally as is expected by the reader: rather he is every time rejected, ridiculed and istreated crudely by the young woman with an icy heart.Being scoffed at on the very first meeting, Pip finds himself an orphan in a new worldwhere he has no one to confide in, no mentor to guide him and most important, he has nomoney to realise his dreams. He finds no way out to escape from what he has come to think of as ‘the common life’.This idea has been sown in Pip’s mind as a result of Estella’s scornful remarks towards himas regards his lifestyle: “...why, he is a common labouring boy!” and, “And hat coarsehands he has! And what thick boots!” This disdain and later ill treatment from Estella whohe has infatuated with, rouse a sense of grief and depression in Pip’s mind, and a very lowidea about the commonness of the labouring class that he belonged to. He is treated like adog and is ‘so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry’ that tears started to hiseyes.In response Pip can not abominate Estella nor can he avoid her attraction. He wants tobecome a gentleman just worthy of Estella. That is, he gets an enthusiastic approbationfrom Estella’s maltreatment. This is affirmed by the conversation between Pip and Biddy— another young lady presumably in love with Pip—as to Pip’s eagerness for Estella: “... andI admire her dreadfully, and I want to be a gentleman on her account. ”At the very moment he apprehends that Biddy is a good woman and that Estella, at anygiven moment, might make him miserable. Yet he can not help loving Estella. Hisconfession to Biddy is charged with self-pity: “If I could only get myself to fall in lovewith you.” In fact he could never do so, for he has no ability to free himself from theglowing attraction of Estella.Now, when Pip learns that his ‘great expectation’ might be a reality, it dazzles him. Hetakes it to be an angelic deed on the part of Miss Havisham, who has taken Estella for anadopted child; and thinks that Miss Havisham would expect to marry Estella to Pip infuture. He does not have the slightest doubt that she has toyed with him.In reality, Miss Havisham cherished a severe hatred for men and to avenge her brokenheart has made a heart-breaking machine of Estella. Pip is her suitable target whom she cantrap with the help of the unavoidable lure of Estella’s physical beauty, her queen like prideand gesture. So it was easy for Miss Havisham to entice Pip by Estella and make him loveher: