AD's English Literature : Charles Dickens’ "Great Expectation": The Ending of Great Expectations; The Significance of Wemmick's Museum; Biddy's Childhood and Physical Beauty

Charles Dickens’ "Great Expectation": The Ending of Great Expectations; The Significance of Wemmick's Museum; Biddy's Childhood and Physical Beauty

The Ending of the Novel Great Expectations: Dickens’ original conclusion to Great Expectation was as ‘Pip remained a solitary man' it was Bulwer Lylton who suggested the revised publicized ending which unites Pip and Estella .Dickens himself added that the story will be more acceptable through the alteration. The reconsidered ending is not only a pretty piece of writing and its appropriateness is not only merely a matter of aesthetic satisfaction. That Estella, of all people should be the daughter of Magwitch brings home to Pip, if Orlick in the sluice -house had failed to do so, that his implication in criminality is not unique but is common to all human being. At the end we find pip broken hearted and had been following Herbert to the East and returned eleven years later to Satis House where he met widowed Estella and sees" no shadow of another parting from her."


The Significance of Wemmick's Museum: Wemmick's Museum renders familiar and everyday what would be normally unmentionable in respectable discourse and in the process makes visible the countless ties that in fact bind respectable society to its criminalized 'other'. Indeed Wemmick's remarkable museum may be seen as a microcosmic representation of the great world outside, for just as murderous razors coexist with lovingly preserved tobaco stoppers carved by Wemmick's father in Wemmick's Museum, Magwitch’s money provides the material basis not only for pip's life as a gentleman but also for the more positive qualities that pip and Herbert develop after they join Clariker's Firm, It is to Pip's great credit that he refuses to enjoy the benefits of Magwitch' wealth after he becomes aware of the identity of his real benefactor .But Pip's refusal can only be symbolic, for everything significant in pip's life --his education, his culture, values, friendship tied up inextricably with Magwitch's money .

Biddy's Childhood and Physical Beauty: Biddy is an orphan like Pip. She is brought up ' by hand' in poor surroundings. She is the grand daughter of Mr. Wopsle's great- aunt. She is rather an untidy and dirty girl .She has been described as the girl whose ''hair always wanted brushing, her hands always wanted washing and her shoes wanted mending and pulling up at heel''. Later she improves and adopts all the qualities which are required to a gentlewoman.
       Biddy belongs to the group of noble people in the novel. After or lick's assault upon Mrs. Joe Gargery, Biddy is engaged to nurse and look after bed ridden Mr. Joe. In about a year’s time, Biddy improves her personality. Her shoes come up at the heel, her hair grows bright and neat, and her hands are clean. Her eyes are pretty and good though she is not as beautiful as Estella. Yet she is sweet -tempered and pleasant. She proves to be a blessing to Joe.

Ref:1. Encarta Yearbook 
        2. wikipedia

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