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Defining Magwitch in Great Expectations Great Expectations was written in the age of Queen Victoria; ironically a period of great advancement and prosperity. Regrettably, this wasn't true for all. Education benefited the wealthy. As a result, there was a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor. The justice system was harsh, favouring the wealthy, two hundred men and women were put before the judge to be sentenced to death weekly. It's clear the Dickens reflects on the society of this time, and reveals the unfair, class divided society Magwitch was a component of and also the necessity to reform a legal system which treated this man so unjustly. Understanding Magwitch grew up in this barbarous society, it is not surprising that our initial impressions are built around the fact he's a villain and not very trustworthy. Initially though, he is a coward, threatening Pip "continue or I'll cut your throat" which gives us the belief that he is an aggressive individual who's willing to pick on a harmless child. His animal characteristics prove he wasn't brought up very well and that he can't have been treated quite well over the years, "he glared and growled" which likens him into a puppy. He hotels to cruelty by saying yet another convict is hiding together and he then threatens to kill Pip, "I will cut your throat". When Magwitch is called a man "who was soaked in water, and smothered in mood," we feel a little sympathy towards him since he's obviously in bad health. Although Magwitch is depicted as an unpleasant man throughout the text, there's a sign of kindness in his chilly personality and our feelings about him begin to change. U.. .