"'I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me' (pg.240)" -Estella
This quote really shows how Estella feels. She feels as though her own lively hood isn't to her credit, it was all constructed by Miss Havisham so that Estella could attract a husband.
"If I could only get myself to fall in love with you—you don't mind my speaking so openly to such an old acquaintance?" "Oh dear, not at all!" said Biddy. "Don't mind me." "If I could only get myself to do it, that would be the thing for me." "But you never will, you see," said Biddy. (17.53-56)
This quote really shows how blind Pip was to still be chasing after Estella, when Biddy could have easily given him everything he needed and wanted.
"Yes, Pip, dear boy, I've made a gentleman on you! It's me wot has done it! I swore that time, sure as ever I earned a guinea, that guinea should go to you. I swore arterwards, sure as ever I spec'lated and get rich, you should get rich. I lived rough, that you should live smooth, says the convict (250)."
Lastly, I chose this quote because all of the confusion about who Pip's benefactor is and how he got the money is cleared in just a few short statements.
To sum everything up, Pip is very distraught because he found out about how Estella really feels about him and how he abandoned one of the only people who would ever support him unconditionally, Joe, for a false dream. He feels downtrodden and empty, as if his life does not have a purpose anymore because his dreams about marrying with Estella have been crushed. He also realized that Miss Havisham had nothing to do with being his benefactor, it was the convict all along.
- Dreams and Ambitions
- Barriers between classes
- Crime, guilt, and, innocence
True happiness cannot be paid for, it can only be achieved through hard work and determination.