Murdstones in Charles Dickens’ Great ExpectationsI think the Murdstones are the two main villains in the story.Mr.Murdstone, step dad of David, he is evil, cruel and treats Davidharshly. He hates David and wants him out of the way. Mrs Murdstone,sister of Mr.Murstone also vicious and self-centred. Both of themtogether ruin the early childhood of David and have control of theCopperfield family. The sheer evilness of the Murdstones resulted inthe death of David’s mother-Clara, although at one point he did loveClara, but her pretty house and her income probably added to herattractions in his eye. I think worst of all the Murdstones tormentedDavid both physically and psychologically.
Dickens is very clever in describing the appearance of the Murdstones,it very much relates to their ruthlessness. He describes the eyes ofMr.Murdstones as “aˆ¦. with his ill-omened black eyesaˆ¦.” Already we aregiven a warning of impending disaster from the looks of his eyes.
“. Shallow black eyeaˆ¦an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into”This just shows the wretched character he is. As much as I hate thecharacter, I noticed that Dickens have put a touch of gentleness tothe character of Mr.Murdstone. This is stated when David notices his’handsomer’ side.
“aˆ¦In spite of my misgivings, a very handsome man.” I think thisdescription is very cleverly done. It makes the character more realand life like so we can relate to. It emphasizes “never judge the bookby its cover”.
Miss.Murdstone, sister of Mr.Murstone, doesn’t perform well either,description wise.
“. Gloomy-looking lady she was: dark, like her brotheraˆ¦” This showsthe similarities of the characters, not only connected by blood, butalso by appearance and by heart.
Jane Murdstone is stronger, colder, and more heartless than herbrother. Dickens makes her seem inhuman by comparing her to metallicobjects, especially locks, chains, and prisons. In a society where aspinster is a dependent creature, she uses her power over her brotherto secure a home for herself.
“aˆ¦Hard lack boxesaˆ¦” “Hard brass nail.”
“. Hard steel purseaˆ¦” “. Jail of a bagaˆ¦.”
“. Heavy chain.” “. Metallic lady.”
All the above quotes describe the ‘characters’ of the things she carryand how they resemble her. The word “hard” have come up several timesand so has anything that has got to do with it. This just shows howmuch wickedness she posses only in her belongings.
I think the main feature in which Dickens expresses that really bringsout the villainous of the characters are the things they do. Eversince entering the Copperfield household they have been controlling