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Estella Havisham Most readers are appalled at the cold-hearted and cruel ways of Estella but any criticism directed at her is largely undeserved She was simply raised in a controlled environment where she was in essence brainwashed by Miss Havisham Nonetheless her demeanor might lead one to suspect that she was a girl with a heart of ice Estella is scornful from the moment she is introduced when she remarks on Pips coarse hands and thick boots However her beauty soon captivates Pip and she is instilled as the focal point of his thoughts for much of the remainder of the novel The fact that Pip becomes infatuated with her is also not Estellas fault By no means is there any evidence that she loved him She does not flirt with him in any way Rather she tortures Pip with her cruel treatment Despite her abhorrent quality Estella is extremely candid because she seems to have no need for affection she is able to tell things as she sees them without a thought of what someone else may think This is in contrast to Pips obsession of his every action being approved by Miss Havisham and Estella Estella is also quite intelligent She is very aware of the manner in which Miss Havisham raised her She tells Miss Havisham I am what you have made me Take all the praise take all the blame take all the success take all the failure in short take me Chapter 38 Finally by the end of the novel Estella has changed Through her marriage with Bentley Drummle she has suffered to learn some valuable life lessons that have transformed her character Pip remarks on the stark reversal of the once hard Estella what I had never seen before was the saddened softened light of the once proud eyes what I had never felt before was the friendly touch of the once insensible hand Chapter 59 Joe
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