Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations as a Fairy TaleThere are many ways in which Great Expectations resembles a fairytale, such as the themes- poor people receiving riches, the moralreasons, – do good unto others and you shall be repaid. DuringVictorian times stories were used mainly for morals purposes.
One of the main reasons why resembles a fairy tale is due to itscharacters
Great Expectations has many characters that reflect thecharacteristics of those in fairy tales.
Some of these fairy tale characteristics are found in Miss Havisham.
In chapter eight, when Miss Havisham first appears, she seems to takeon the aspect of a fairy godmother, but yet, she still seems to comeacross as a distorted figure.
In chapter eleven, Pip tells how she placed her hand upon hisshoulder,
“…She looked like the witch of the place.” This shows Miss Havisham tobe the wicked witch of the story.
Chapter fifteen, in this chapter of the book we learn about the‘morose journeyman’ and the sort of tales he told Pip.
“…the devil lived in a black corner of the forge, and that he knewthe fiend very well: also that it was necessary to make up the fire,once in seven years, with a live boy, and that I might consider myselffuel.”
The horror stories Pip was told throughout his childhood are threadedinto the texture of the novel through various images, and at thispoint in the book, Miss Havisham represents the witch, but she is alsofulfilling the role of the fairy Godmother.
Another witchlike character in the book is Mrs. Joe.
Estella is another character ‘type’ that you would find in a fairytale.
She comes across as the princess of the story.
When we first meet Estella she comes across as mean, and cold heartedwhich is due to being brought up by Miss Havisham. As we get furtherinto the story we begin too fell sorry for Estella, as she has livedall her life with a ‘witch’. She now seems to be the doomed princess;however, in chapter 29, it seems as if Estella will no lunge be thedoomed princess.
”… in short, do all the shining deeds of the young Knight of romance,and marry the princess.”
This chapter shows that Pip believes he can rescue Estella from MissHavisham and live a happy life with her.
Orlick and Magwitch represent the ogre type character that you wouldfind in a fairy tale.
In chapter fifteen we learn how Pip feels that Orlick dislikes him frosome unknown reason. “…Drew out a red-hot bar, made at me with it as