Estella (Great Expectations) - Wikipedia
At least he had the decency to leave the future Pip/Estella relationship ambiguous in the revised . On the other hand, she could have married Drummle as a twisted way to punish herself. .. Two months more will see me through it, I trust. Bentley Drummle, hints Mr. Jaggers, will beat Estella after marrying her. Estella's tic isolation. He fails to develop the capacity for mature relationships and thus is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and. Depending on what relationship we look at, the love is different. When she got married to Drummle, Pip lost all hopes in getting Estella.
I really doubt that he would remain loyal to his friends in any given situation, his betrayal of Wemmick coming quite late in the novel.
I have my good and bad points like any other person, and it happens that I have some good points that I miss in Pip, who might have more redeeming qualities than I in other respects. As to me, I am quite a loyal person: If you have done me a good turn, you will find me truthful and sturdy, and so it came as a shock to me how readily Pip blurted out the private household affairs of a man who had invited him to his home and helped him in many ways.
Of course, my thankfulness also has its darker side in that if once a person has got into my black books by disappointing or insulting me, it is nigh impossible for him or her to ever get out of them again - and maybe Pip is readier to forgive than I am, since he is readier to trespass. Unlike Pip, I would never ever run after a woman like Estella, who looks down on me and gives me the cold shoulder.
I sometimes found it quite cringeworthy to see Pip yearn for Estella when it was obvious that she was emotionally crippled to a degree that would make her very likely to hurt and to humiliate him. Maybe, it's quite a personal thing how you react to a round character like Pip.
There's another famous round character in literature that is generally frowned upon but that I can sympathize with very well, and that is Ahab from Moby-Dick. I can share his sense of anger and bitterness against elementary forces that simply do not care for a human being. I would certainly not go as far to condone all his actions and the extremity of his desire for revenge, but there are speeches in the novel delivered by Ahab that make me feel very close to him, dislikeable as he is in many ways.
With Pip, it's the other way round: In a way, Estella is a character to be pitied, and even through her actions, we can see that she is still a victim of Miss Havisham's cruel vengeance. Estella as a symbol of Pip's longings in Life[ edit ] Pip is fascinated with the lovely Estella, though her heart is as cold as ice.
Aside from the evident romantic interest, which continues through much of the story, Pip's meeting with Estella marks a turning point in his young life: Estella criticises Pip's honest but "coarse" ways, and from that point on, Pip grows dissatisfied with his position in life and, eventually, with his former values and friends as well. Pip spends years as companion to Miss Havisham and, by extension, Estella. He harbours intense love for Estella, though he has been warned that Estella has been brought up by Miss Havisham to inspire unrequited love in the men around her, in order to avenge the latter's disappointment at being jilted on her wedding day.
Estella warns Pip that she cannot love him, or anyone. Miss Havisham herself eventually decries this coldness, for Estella is not even able to love her benefactress.
Estella and Pip as adults[ edit ] After Pip receives an unexpected boon of a gentleman's upbringing and the "great expectation" of a future fortune from an unknown benefactor, he finds himself released from the blacksmith's apprenticeship that had been funded by Miss Havisham as compensation for Pip's years of service to her.
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He also finds himself thrown into Estella's social milieu in London, where Pip goes to be educated as a gentleman. He relentlessly pursues Estella, though her warm expressions of friendship are firmly countered by her insistence that she cannot love him. In fact, Pip discovers that Miss Havisham's lessons have worked all too well on Estella; when both are visiting the elderly woman, Miss Havisham makes gestures of affection towards her adopted daughter and is shocked that Estella is neither able nor willing to return them.
Estella points out that Miss Havisham taught her to be hard-hearted and unloving. Even after witnessing this scene, Pip continues to live in anguished and fruitless hope that Estella will return his love. Estella flirts with and pursues Bentley Drummle, a disdainful rival of Pip's, and eventually marries him for his money.
Seeing her flirt with the brutish Drummle, Pip asks Estella rather bitterly why she never displays such affection with him. Rather than achieve the intended effect, this honest behaviour only frustrates Pip. It is implied that Drummle abuses Estella during their relationship and that she is very unhappy. However, by the end of the book, Drummle has been killed by a horse he has allegedly abused.
The references to Drummle's marriage and death are conjectural, and no direct evidence is produced or suggested. Pip 'hears' of Drummle's poor behaviour and accepts the information as truth. The relationship between Pip and Estella worsens during their adult lives. Pip pursues her in a frenzy, often tormenting himself to the point of utter despair. He makes writhing, pathetic attempts to awaken some flicker of emotion in Estella, but these merely perplex her; Estella sees his devotion as irrational.
Varied resolutions of Estella's relationship with Pip[ edit ] Estella and Pip. Though Estella marries Drummle in the novel and several adaptations, she does not marry him in the best-known film adaptation.
However, in no version does she eventually marry Pip, at least not within the timespan of the story. The eventual resolution of Pip's pursuit of Estella at the end of the story varies among film adaptations and even in the novel itself.
Dickens' original ending is deemed by many as consistent with the thread of the novel and with Estella's allegorical position as the human manifestation of Pip's longings for social status: I was in England again—in London, and walking along Piccadilly with little Pip—when a servant came running after me to ask would I step back to a lady in a carriage who wished to speak to me.
It was a little pony carriage, which the lady was driving; and the lady and I looked sadly enough on one another. Lift up that pretty child and let me kiss it! I was very glad afterwards to have had the interview; for, in her face and in her voice, and in her touch, she gave me the assurance, that suffering had been stronger than Miss Havisham's teaching, and had given her a heart to understand what my heart used to be.