Fairy Tale Conventions And Great Expectations

.. oving and warm-hearted child that he was once know to be. He once again appreciates Joe and all he has done for him, and he fancied that he was little Pip again (467). The relationship that is described between Magwitch and Compeyson is a repetition of the relationship between Pip and Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham took Pip in and made him think she had good intentions.

All she really wanted was to see him get hurt, to pay the debt that she felt her ex lover owed her. She told him to love her, love her, love her (240) because she knew the end result would be pain. Miss Havisham ended up making Pip’s life miserable. Magwitch was but a servant, or a helper to Compeyson. Compeyson brought him to believe that they were partners but indeed he was but a poor tool in his hands (348). He broke Miss.

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Havisham’s heart and stole her money. When the two were brought to court for the matter, Compeyson said to Magwitch Separate defenses, no communications; and (Hainstock 5) that was all (350). This partner or friend in crime turned on him as he had always intended to do if there was trouble and hurt him very badly. The relationship between Miss Havisham and Pip, and Magwitch and Compeyson is repeated to make sure that the impact of betrayal is made clear. In many fairy tales there is the idea of an evil stepmother and a nice father. This is depicted in the story through Joe and Mrs.

Joe. Joe warns Pip when he is going to get in trouble and tries to help him the best he can. Meanwhile, Mrs. Joe does nothing but get angry and tells Pip how she wishes he were in his grave. This relationship is seen also in Mr.

& Mrs. Pocket when she was getting angry at Jane for taking a nutcracker away from the other very young child. Mr. Pocket tries to come to Jane’s rescue saying that Jane only interfered for the protection of the baby (194). But there was no reasoning with Mrs. Pocket as much as Mr.

Pocket tried. I will not be interfered with, (194) was all that Mrs. Pocket said and she continued her punishment of the child. Her anger at being questioned shows her pride and arrogance. This is typical of fairy tale stepmothers. Miss Havisham is also very much like an evil stepmother or a witch.

She takes all of the joy that could have been in Estella’s and Pip’s lives. She appears to Pip like a fairly nice old woman who is trying to help him out. But just as the bad people in fairy tales hide their true identity and intentions , so does she. It is very common to have a fairy Godmother or a genie who helps the distressed hero out of trouble. In Great Expectations it is clear that Magwitch is that Fairy God Mother.

He is the one who gives Pip the chance to become a gentleman. Although he is not a Fairy Godmother a parallel can clearly be drawn. (Hainstock 6) It is clear to see that when Magwitch is giving Pip his money to become a gentleman that he is like a fairy Godmother. When we see Magwitch, his appearance is far from that of a traditional Fairy Godmother, but his function is the same. It becomes less obvious in the end that he is still acting in a fairy tale like roll because he is no longer providing something that can be seen. Near the end he is not giving Pip money but bringing him back to his youthful feeling of love and friendship.

These things are far more valuable than the money he gave to Pip. Fairy tales are told, for the most part, to amuse and encourage children to use their imagination. It would bring them to a fantasy world. This world of fantasy, that is so critical in the making of a good fairy tale, can be found in Great Expectations. The first time that Pip is at Mrs. Havisham’s he sees a disturbing sight. He saw a figure hanging there by the neck (64). It was Miss Havisham, but when he looked again he found no figure there (64).

He sees this same thing on his last visit to Miss Havisham’s. He is not seeing what is reality, therefore what he sees is a fantasy. Fairy tales are told through the eyes of children. There is rarely an adult hero or main character. Pip, however, is an adult for the majority of the story.

This would suggest that this story is not similar to that of a fairy tale in the way of narration. However it should be noted that even though Pip is physically older he is still the same young and caring loving Pip that he was at the beginning of the story and he fancied that he was little Pip again (467). The narration also follows the narration of a fairy tale because it is in the past tense. This is the same as most fairy tales (Haintock 7) are written. However it is in the first person and a fairy tale is usually in the third person. The ending is perhaps the strongest evidence against Great Expectations being a fairy tale.

Fairy tales end happily ever after. The happy ending,all complete fairy stories must have it (Uses of Enchantment, pg.143) The ending is very ambiguous. It is not known if love wins and they live happily or if once again they part. This ending leaves a lot to be desired if a happy ending it what is expected. A fairy tale leaves no question that the two lovers end up together. In Great Expectations the ending is very uncertain.

Estella says we will continue friends apart (484). Pip talks about no parting from her (484). It is very hard to understand whether or not they end up happily ever after or not. There is much evidence that points to the many similarities between fairy tales and Great Expectations. Many of the conventions of a fairy tale such as repetition, pure evil and pure good characters, and fantasy are satisfied with this tale.

Nonetheless, the differences such as some of the rounded characters, the classes of the people in the story, and most of all, the ending implies that it is closer to reality than a fairy tale. The use of some elements of fairy tales aides in lightening some of the mean and cruel situations in the story. However no definite conclusion can be reached as to exactly what kind of conventions it follows. Like any good book, it follow not one, but many of the different styles to make the book that much more enjoyable. English Essays.