Estella Essays

  • The Name “Estella” in Great Expectations

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    The Name “Estella” in Great Expectations The name of the characters in a Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, is very important. In the case of Estella, the name indicates her personality, her relation with other characters and even the way in which she moves along the novel. In Spanish, the word for star is “estrella”.  Since Spanish is a “romance” language, estrella is undoubtedly derived from the Latin word for star.  Stars are cold but beautiful to see. The same is true for Estella: she has

  • Evaluation of Estella from Great Expectations

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    Evaluation of Estella from Great Expectations. Evaluation of Estella "The lady whom I had never seen before, lifted up her eyes and looked archly at me, and then I saw that the eyes were Estella's eyes." From this passage, I believe it is safe to infer that Pip notices a great change in Estella's appearance and the way she carries herself, once she comes back from finishing school, but is there really that much of a change in the rest of her? Although she may change her methods, she's

  • Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    debt. All of these characteristics were also shared by Pip in the novel “Great Expectations” (Priestley, 96). A bit of Charles can be seen after Wheatley-2 Pip and Estella met. When Charles met Ellen Tarnan, “He Behaved more like an infatuated youth than a mature man” (Prestley, 97). This is also the same way Pip acted toward Estella which may be an intentional characteristic of himself since this novel was written after Charles met Ellen. Dickens often wrote about his personal life in his novels

  • Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    his dream and great expectations beyond his common self. Pip's, the protagonist, dream of becoming a gentleman is realized upon his meeting of Estella, the love of his life. Pip changes from an innocent, sensitive and common young boy to a selfish, rejecting adolescent. He is led into making grave mistakes based on his false expectations of marrying Estella and being a gentleman. In the end, he learns that all his aspirations have been based on false presumptions and expectation of his ability to

  • The Theme of Expectations in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    of Pip and his three forms of expectations, as well as minor characters, Joe, Magwitch and Estella, it can be seen that the theme of expectations is clearly illustrated through the characters in the novel. Essentially, Pip is an idealist - whenever he perceives something that is better than what he already has, he craves improvement. After visiting Satis House, and falling in love with Estella he aspires to become a wealthy gentleman, and to become a member of Estella's social class

  • The Essence of Pip

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    a spoilt child. Her mother ... ... middle of paper ... ...gled with their circumstances as to incorporate their selves into them, the novel becomes simply a series of events. Miss Havisham asks Estella "Are you tired of me?" and Estella replies, "Only a little tired of myself" (Dickens 279). Estella has no self and so all the intrigue of personal dilemma and development disappears. Even Miss Havisham is not a self, but is only the blunt response to rejection. This extreme example is representative

  • Estella And Joe Gargery

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    readers at different points of the protagonist’s, Pip, life. Each of them are characterized differently and carefully. Mr. Joe Gargery and Miss Estella are two very vibrant characters in the novel. Joe and Estella are almost opposites of each other and play a very important role in Pip’s life. Joe is a compassionate and paternal figure. Meanwhile, Estella is heartless, cruel, and scornful. These polar opposite figures are characterized as such by Dickens and play fundamental parts in Pip’s voyage

  • The Theme of Imprisonment in Great Expectations

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    comment she is also showing her frustration at being confined within herself and within her jadedness. Miss Havisham passes along this jadedness to her adopted daughter, Estella, by teaching her to hurt boys and not become emotionally attached to them. Miss Havisham stays t... ... middle of paper ... ...sham, Estella, and Magwitch. These characters are each imprisoned in their own way, whether it be through becoming jaded, what they have been taught, or their own hate. They give us insight

  • Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    encounters an escaped convict in a cemetery. Despite Pip’s efforts to help this terrifying personage, the convict is still captured and transported to Australia. Pip is then introduced into the wealthy yet decaying home of Miss Havisham where he meets Estella, a little girl who takes pleasure in tormenting Pip about his rough hands and future as a blacksmith. As Pip continues to visit Miss Havisham’s house, he becomes more and more dissatisfied with his guardian, Joe, a hard working blacksmith, and his

  • Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    so did his love for a girl of higher class, Estella. However, being a common boy, Pip was not good enough for his Estella, thus once he was given an opportunity to become a gentleman in London he seized it without much hesitation. Charles Dickens’ had his own style in the ways he portrayed his child characters’ upbringings, history, and the children’s emotions. Also in Great Expectations, Dickens creates his child characters in unique methods; Pip, Estella, and Herbert Pocket all have miserable backgrounds

  • Sympathy for PIP

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    such as fear, loneliness, luck, classism, social justice, humiliation, and humor, which is cleverly incorporated into his writing for the first time to bring an uplifting mood to an otherwise dark and disturbing tone. His use of Miss Havisham and Estella as tools to evoke sympathy and casting the central character as the narrative voice increases compassion and creates a dramatic attitude. In this essay, I will also examine the opening and ending of the chapter, which contribute to its overall effect

  • The Maturation of Pip in Great Expectations

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    repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast (pg.876). Pip is surprised by this intrusion of his mind realizing that Miss Havisham did not raise him to be with Estella. Evan though Pip was not raised to be with Estella he is an vicious human being thinking such vile thoughts against a man that gave him the life of a gentleman. In relation, as Provis lays down to sleep Pip reflects on meeting him, "Then came the reflection that I had seen

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is the story of Pip, a young orphan who lives with his sister Mrs. Joe and his brother-in-law, Joe. Pip's life changes completely when he meets Miss. Havishman and the girl who lives with her, named Estella. After visiting them, Pip's greatest ambition is transforming himself in a gentleman to gain Estella's love although she acts coldly and contemptuously towards him. Throughout the story violence surrounds the characters and their lives. Violence takes many

  • Positive and Negative Influences in Great Expectations, Les Miserables, and Wuthering Heights

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    character of the story was Pip. Some of the negative influences that Pip faces include poverty, low self-esteem, abuse, fear, and lack of love. The poverty that Pip endured may have been the cause of his low self-esteem, as well as the influence of Estella. Estella influenced Pip by calling him a “common boy,” with “rough hands.” The abuse that Pip suffered from his sister may have also contributed to his lack of self-esteem, as well as the lack of love. An example of Pip being abused was when his sister

  • Great Expectations: Use of Irony

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    events related to Estella, Miss Havisham, the convict, Joe, and Mrs. Joe. The relationship between Pip and Estella is very complex and ironic. It keeps the reader entertained, with the humor of sophisticated children. A major irony, of situation, occurs when Estella kisses Pip after insulting and degrading him. The reader becomes confused with Estella's actions and feels sympathy for Pip. The confusion causes conflict, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. On page 104 Estella says, "Come here

  • Dickens' Image of Women Exposed in Great Expectations

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    Expectations Much can be said about Dickens' view of women according to the way he constructs his female characters in Great Expectations. There are many of them in the novel. However, none of them are deeply focused on throughout the novel. Estella, who is one of Pip's "great expectations," does not even have a major role. Nevertheless, his attitude concerning women is still reflected through his female characters as well as his word usage towards them. Of course, studying his life is also

  • Personal Growth in Great Expectations

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    the same manner until he met the stunning Estella and disturbed Miss Havisham. That was the point when his ignorance turned into envy, for all that his life was lacking living with his sister and Joe. He realized how much his family was different from that of the rich and wanted nothing more than to be accepted as a gentleman. The night he came home from Estella's he couldn't help but think of how common Estella would think his family was: "Estella would consider Joe, a mere blacksmith: how

  • Different Kinds Of Love In Great Expectations

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    Expectations, there are many odd points of view of love and what love should mean. Pip’s love toward Estella is a yearning craze, and he is blinded by her fascinating beauty. On the other hand, Uncle Joe has a very respected love for Mrs. Joe, considering how harshly she treats him, Mrs. Joe doesn’t seem to love Joe at all. Biddy’s love for Pip seems true, until Pip leaves his home to become a gentleman. Estella also gets married to a man that loves her, Bently Drummle, but does not return his love, and

  • The Revised Ending of Great Expectations

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    suggestions on how to improve the ending. In this ending, Pip and Estella meet again in the garden at Satis House, but the possibility of them being together, even married, is left open in contrast to the original. By this point in the novel, Estella has suffered enormously, and is made into a better, more sympathetic person for it. Although this comes through in the original version, it is made even clearer in the second version. As Estella herself says, "I have been bent and broken, but--I hope--into

  • Pip as a Sympathetic Character in Great Expectations

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    by you? This is what happens to Pip. Throughout the book Estella disregards his feelings. In Great Expectations my sympathy for Pip fluctuates. Pip starts out as a sympathetic character because he is poor, his parents are dead, and he must live under Mrs. Joe's strict rules. As the story moves on, my sympathy for Pip decreases in every way except one: his relationship with Estella. Ever since their first acquaintance, Pip has thought Estella to be the most beautiful girl alive. He changes when he