Great Expectations: The strange romance of Pip and Estella - Martina Hrubes - Seminar Paper In his essay I will describe the nature of their relationship. In Great Expectations, Mr. Jaggers advises Pip, "Take nothing on appearances." Certainly, the Pip-Estella relationship is an example of the Appearances vs. Pip and Estella are two of the most famous characters in British literature. Drama, we're reliving their journeys in Great Expectations from the very beginning. Estella is now a widow after enduring a long and abusive relationship, and the.
It is later revealed that her desire is to have his heart broken by Estella.
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Estella's relationship with Pip[ edit ] Estella states throughout the text, that she does not love Pip. However, this is contradicted by the fact that she shows numerous times in the novel that she holds Pip in a much higher regard compared to other men, and doesn't want to break his heart as she does with the others that she seduces.
One of the possible meanings of this is that Estella, even though she doesn't acknowledge the fact, loves Pip. The manner in which Estella was brought up saw that she would undergo strong emotional suppression and is unable to identify her own feelings, let alone express them. 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Great Expectations: The strange romance of Pip and Estella
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.
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. 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.
Even Pip is, as I am going to show, not truly interested in what is best for Estella, but in what is best for himself. He knows that Estella does not love him but this does not affect his determination to one day call her his.
Then, I thought, if she were, as I feared, by no means rapturously grateful for that destiny yet, when would she begin to be interested in me? When should I awaken the heart within her that was mute and sleeping now? Like Estella, Pip grows up in a place where he is often not allowed to act as a child. Living with his extremely dominant and irascible sister and his kind but submissive brother-in-law, he longs for a warm home, to shelter and protect him from a dangerous and unforgiving world.