Great Expectations And Estella

The Character of Estella One of our first thoughts, like readers, when we finish
the novel is to establish two lists; one of good characters and other of bad
characters. Since this paper is devoted to the character of Estella the question
would be: is she a good character or a bad character? But, before beginning the
analysis of Estella in the novel which will try to give an answer to this
question, we are going to deal with the symbology of the name of Estella. As we
already know, the name of the characters in Dickens is very important. In the
case of Estella indicates her personality, her relation with other characters
and even the way in which she moves along the novel. It is obvious Estella makes
a reference to stars. Stars are cold but beautiful to see. The same happens with

Estella: she has a cold personality but she is very pretty. Remember she was
given to Miss Havisham at night which is when stars appear. Stella (without the
first \'e\') is the name of Sydney\'s beloved. Probably he gave his beloved this
name because she was married in the real life and so, he could not reach her.

Stars are far and they can not be reached by us. In GE Estella is presented as
an impossible dream for Pip. In the same way Pip has expectations in a material
level, Estella would be Pip\'s love expectation. In a Christian sense, the star
is a quality applied to the Virgin Mary. Stars are used for orientation, to
guide us when we are lost at night. We could say the Virgin Mary lights her sons
in the night of sin. In the novel, Estella appears as a light, it is Pip\'s
orientation and he always has her in his mind. If we look at the sky we can see
different kinds of stars. One of them is a star which moves and shines in an
intermittent way. That\'s Estella\'s movement in the novel. Joe, who is always in
the countryside, and Mr Jaggers, who is always in London, are characters who
appear in series of chapters. In constrast to this, Estella appears in that
intermittent way. And also the way in which Estella\'s story is presented by the
different accounts of several characters. Perhaps the symbology provided has not
clarified much the question: she\'s cold but she\'s very pretty, she\'s Pip\'s guide
but he can not reach her. This is something ambiguous (remember also the
ambiguity in which the convict is described in the fourth paragraph of the
novel). The characters in the novel are not extremely good or extremely bad (the
exception would be Joe, in the good part, and Orlick, in the bad part), they are
between the two lists that I mentioned at the beginning of the paper. We will
see this now, with the analysis of Estella. The first time which Estella appears
in the novel is in chapter 8, in the first visit of Pip to Miss Havisham\'s
house. The first impression Pip has about Estella is also characterized by
ambiguity: he thinks she is pretty but she is proud. Miss Havisham obliges

Estella to play cards with Pip. The first time which appears the card game in GE
is in relation to the battle of sexes since, after her frustrated marriage, Miss

Havisham educates Estella to scorn men and in the card game Miss Havisham wants
to see a victory of a woman over a man. Estella wins but the most important
thing here is that Estella does not want to play with Pip because she thinks he
is common. This shows the pride and the superiority in which Estella is
presented in her relation to Pip, and it\'s also important because, from this
moment, Pip wants to be educated to be at the same level that Estella. At the
beginning of the novel we, like readers, like Pip because he is poor, a
non-cultivated boy and he is an orphan. Moreover, he, as a narrator, tries to
get the readers\' affection using irony and humour from the beginning. We are
emphasizing this fact because in Pip\'s second visit (in chapter 11) we see how

Estella asks Pip his opinion about her, he answers she is pretty, she hits him
and asks the same question and Pip says nothing. From this moment we don\'t like
her. After a new card game we have the scene of the fight between Pip and the
other boy. Pip wins and Estella allows him