Who are Estella’s parents?
At the end of the novel, Pip discovers that Estella is the daughter of Magwitch and Molly, a woman who now works as Jagger’s servant after being convicted of murder. This discovery is important because Estella is elegant, refined, and beautiful, and on the basis of this impression, Pip has always assumed that she must come from a high-class background. In fact, Estella’s origins are even lower than Pip’s own.
Who is Pip's benefactor?
Magwitch is eventually revealed to be Pip’s benefactor, even though Pip has long assumed that Miss Havisham is the one funding his education. After Magwitch started making money as a sheep farmer, he became obsessed with using the money to transform Pip into a gentleman. Pip is forced to confront the reality that Miss Havisham was never grooming him for a future with Estella, and that all of his money has been tainted by being associated with a convict.
Why does Pip become ashamed of Joe?
As Pip becomes more conscious of social class and the way that class is used to determine people’s position in the world, he becomes embarrassed by Joe. Joe is not wealthy, well-educated, or worldly. Pip is also particularly concerned that Joe will shape other people’s impression of him, and cause others to think of him as lower-class. For these reasons, Pip is particularly ashamed of how Joe behaves in front of people like Miss Havisham, Estella, and Herbert.
Why does Estella reject Pip's love?
Estella likely rejects Pip’s love because she is incapable of feeling true emotion, and doesn’t understand what it means to love someone. Because of her lack of emotion, she prefers to marry Bentley Drummle, who can give her wealth and social position. She does not, however, reject Pip because of his background or income, and it seems likely that she would never have been able to love him no matter what he achieved.
How does Miss Havisham feel about her behavior at the end of her life?
By the end of her life, Miss Havisham is ashamed and regretful at how she has shaped Estella’s character and used the young woman as a tool for revenge. She realizes it was wrong of her to try to use Estella as a way to get revenge on men. Miss Havisham shows her regret by repeating phrases such as “What have I done!” and by pleading for forgiveness after she has been badly burned.
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