In the beginning of this chapter, we see that Magwitch turns up at Pip’s room in London. The reader can eventually establish right away some tension between Pip and Magwitch. We can see Magwitch hence again in control when he says, ” as ask you have done well, since you and me was out on them lone shivering marshes?”. Pip must be in shock and doesn’t know what to say as Magwitch is visiting him after a long time. The reader can establish this in his reaction, “I begin to tremble”. This expression shows that he must have been so fearful and anxious that he was shaking slightly. This can also be anticipation of something he might not want to hear.
Now we can see three clues, in which Magwitch tells Pip that he is his benefactor, and one must remember that we as the audience find out the same as Pip does, because we are seeing this whole novel through Pip. Firstly he asks “could I make a guess, I wonder… at your income since you come of age! As to the first figure now, Five”. We can evidently see that Magwitch that is in control and is manipulating Pip just like he did in the first chapter. Right from the beginning of this chapter, we see that Magwitch has been, ” steadily looking”, because he is the one that has created and fashioned this gentleman and he wants to see what he is like.
However on the other hand we can see that Pip is now not only shocked but traumatized, as he would have been undoubtedly wondering, how Magwitch knows about this. The audience can establish this when he says ” with my heart beating like a heavy hammer”, this simile shows just how tensed and bewildered Pip must have been, also the fact that his heart was beating like a “heavy hammer”, emphasizes the thunderous noise that an hammer comes, and this likened to how rapid his heart must have been making. Then we see the second step to this revelation, the audience can see this when Magwitch asks, “There ought to have been some guardian, or such like, whiles you was a minor”.
Some lawyer maybe. As to the first, letter of that lawyer ‘s name now would it be J”. So again we see that Magwitch having full power over Pip. However Pip’s reaction again is full of fear. “All the truth of my position came falling back to me”. So he is shocked as he is wondering at the amount of information Magwitch knows in his journey to becoming a gentleman, also he himself is starting to remember all the changes that he had to make to turn into a gentleman, “it’s disappointments, dangers, disgraces”. Here we see the alliteration of ‘d’ being used, and also ‘ the power of 3’ to show added emphasis.
However Pip after finding out that Magwitch is his benefactor, he is filled up with, “abhorrence” and “repugnance”. So he is evidently disgusted by this and loathes Magwitch, as he listens to a “terrible beast”. However further on in the novel we can see great changes within Magwitch and Pip. In the Victorian era, if a person committed a crime, then because the prisons were filled to capacity with wrongdoers, they were sent to Australia, where they could earn money, and have an ordinary life. There was one condition though, which is that they never return to England. However Magwitch breaks this requirement, because the temptation to see Pip gets the better of him, and he escapes to England to see him. Eventually he does get caught and he is sentenced to death.
As Magwitch lire there dying in prison, we can see a distinctive change in Pip. He has gone from being a selfish and conceited gentleman, to a humble, modest and dignified gentleman. The reader can see this, when Pip feels guilty for Magwitch, “once meaning to desert him”. Also Pip is concerned about Magwitch, when he asks, “Are you in much pain to-day”. So from this quote we can see the change that has occurred to Pip. Indeed, Pip has become a true gentleman, in having respect for others, treating others equally, and also looking after other people and family.