BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Pip and Estella - 'bent, broken but better': Chapter 59
The nature of Pip's and Estella's relationship. 4. . when Pip allows himself to be honest to himself he is well aware that his love for Estella can only end in tears. Despite Pip's offenses and despite his moral and emotional deterioration, we to the not-happy ending Dickens first wrote for Great Expectations; Estella has. In Great Expectations, Mr. Jaggers advises Pip, "Take nothing on appearances." Certainly, the Pip-Estella relationship is an example of the Appearances vs.
With these two mothers Estella appears to be destined of becoming a similarly cruel woman. The little girl is thus brought up in a dark and dingy place, where everything seems to rot away, and where there is no room for anything but melancholy and contempt for the outside world.
Growing up in such cold and hostile surroundings has made Estella into what she is. Shortly before she dies Miss Havisham confesses: In this cruel scheme Pip is a mere guinea pig for Estella to practice her heart-breaking skills on. In this sense, the beautiful girl is raised to be just as cold and unattainable as the sparkling but ever distant star in the nocturnal sky: She seemed much older than I, of course, being a girl and beautiful and self-possessed; and she was as scornful of me as if she had been one-and-twenty, and a queen.
There was no discrepancy of years between us, to remove her far from me; we were of nearly the same age […]; but the air of inaccessibility which her beauty and her manner gave her, tormented me in the midst of my delight […] Wretched boy! She is thousands of miles away from me. I adopted her to be loved. I bred her and educated her to be loved. I developed her into what she is, that she might be loved.
The Ending of "Great Expectations"
Ironically enough, true love is the one thing Estella will never receive, neither through her biological nor her foster mother, and least of all her husband. Its beginning is unhappy; its middle is unhappy; and the conventional happy ending is an outrage on it. In the second ending, Pip gets more than he deserves. As a result, Dickens confuses the social and moral meanings of the novel.
Estella's conversion in the second ending is not only unconvincing but contradicts the logic of the narrative and excuses the way Miss Havisham raised her. Miss Havisham does not need to be forgiven or redeemed, since neither Pip nor Estella was really damaged. In the original ending, though Estelle is softened by her suffering, she remains the lady, with the same characteristic superiority, who is perhaps slightly condescending to Pip.
- How Do Pip & Estella Change in Great Expectations?
Arguments Favoring the Second Ending The second ending continues the imagery of the garden and the mist and is better written. The second ending continues the patterns of union and separation and reconciliation, the connection of the past and the present, and Pip and Estella's meetings at Satis House.
The lovers deserve to be happy because they have suffered deeply; their suffering has changed them so much that they are no longer the same people. It is appropriate that Magwitch's daughter finds happiness with Pip.
The Relationship Between Pip, Jaggers and Estella Great Expectations
Martin Price argues that the mature Pip, with the saving humor of self-acceptance, finally sees Estella as what she is; therefore, it seems appropriate she can return to him. They note that Dickens, in his working notes on the novel, follows Pip's later career but does not refer to Estella.
Miss Havisham referred to Estella's marriage many chapters earlier, so that there is no need to bring her up again; her fate is known.