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An Analysis of One of Dicken's Most Prominent Figures in Great Expectations in the Character of Estella An Analysis of One of Dicken's Most Prominent Figures in Great Expectations in the Character of Estella An Analysis of One of Dickens's Most Prominent
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One of Dickens most prominent figures in Great Expectations is the character of Estella She plays a major role in the life of the main character Pip He is completely consumed with love and desire for her even though she has been influenced not to expose any feelings towards men Dyson 235 Estellas cold-hearted proud and blunt mannerisms are in contrast to the symbolism of her name that is likened to a star in the galaxy Similar to that symbolism however she shines but is unattainable Partlow 201 Throughout Estellas life she eventually learns how to deal with feelings in relationships Dyson 239Estella was the adopted daughter of Miss Havisham She was raised in a controlled environment where she was in essence brainwashed by Miss Havisham Pickrel 160 Estella was a beautiful young girl but she had a heart of ice This indifference was due to Miss Havishams own vengeance and self-indulgent influence Estella was to provide Miss Havisham the spectacle of males agony Unfortunately Pip was a target for Miss Havishams plans for Estella in continuing her hatred on men Dyson 235 Miss Havisham had reared Estella with the avowed intention of avenging her own ill-feelings against men in general by breaking as many hearts as possible Oliphant 440 Pip was fascinated with Estellas beauty but being of the higher stratum of society she treated him disdainfully through her proud and cold demeanor He desperately wanted Estella to love him as he loved her but she was unable to love because of her warped upbringing Partlow 201 Estella remained the focal point of Pips thoughts and intentions throughout the novel Oliphant 440Estella was as beautiful and coldly distant as the star whose name she beared Oliphant 440 Estellas name is defined as a star an unreachable object and an illusory expectation upon which lifes happiness founders Oliphant 554 Like the character Estella stars are beautiful to behold but are very far and cant
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