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The Different Types Of Love Depicted In Dickens' Novel, The Great Expectations

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The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a novel filled with drama and emotion, with love being the structural theme that ties important events and characters together. Each character has their own love experience that is of a different nature and type. There are three types of love explained in the novel: Intimacy which encompasses feelings of closeness and connectedness, as in a family; Passion which is the true love that lasts; and Commitment, which is the love that does not last and is not the true love. The characters in the book that justify these different natures in Great Expectations include Miss Havisham and Compeyson, Pip and Estella, the lasting love of Joe and Biddy, Joe and ...view middle of the document...

Compeyson had no love in him at all for he was just desperate to use up all the wealth and money Miss Havisham had for himself and then leave her broken hearted in the end. On his behalf was greed, selfishness, and false love. On the other hand, Miss Havisham had a passionate love towards Compeyson, and she hoped more than anything to be with him forever, which was not how things turned out. In other words, a destructive relationship that satisfied Compeyson but left Miss Havisham heat broken. Both of them made a great mistake in life; Compeyson for tricking Miss Havisham and using her up like she was nothing, and Miss Havisham for falling easily into his trap without looking at who he really was all along. After all that she's been through, Miss Havisham finally concluded: “Love is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world..” (240)
After moving to the Satis House, Miss Havisham adopts Estella as a tool for revenge against men. Estella is taught nothing but hatred towards men and is never exposed to love. As a part of Miss Havisham's plan, Pip turns out to become her victim of revenge, where she hopes to make him fall in love with beautiful young Estella and then break his heart later on. This is how the love relationship between Pip and Estella began, flowing from the destructive relationship of Miss Havisham and Compeyson.
After multiple visits to the Satis House, young Pip falls in love with Estella. Estella, however, only treats Pip coldly in return, which left him in tears the first couple of visits (60, 62). Miss Havisham on the other side encourages Pip to love her no matter how harshly she treats him, “Love her, love her, love her”(253). Pip's love towards Estella was very tough and obsessive, thus his love for her never died, it only increased. (110, 112). Later on when Pip leaves to London and remains there for a couple years, he never forgets Estella. True and passionate love definitely lasts, and Pip stil continued to love Estella. The fact that Pip still loved Estella was clarified more when Estella arrived at London and met Pip. However, Pip later realized that Estella was with Drummle and that they were soon to be married. All the while when Pip's heart was under damage, he has been considering Biddy for proposal, knowing that his expectations to be with Estella are too great and that he...

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