JAGGERS


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1."I thought Mr. Jaggers glanced at Joe, as if he considered him a fool for his disinterestedness."(pg 146) This shows Jaggers considers those who aren't in his circle of his own understanding to be beneath him and not very smart. He also shows intolerance to those below him when he meets up with Pip and a young man tries to talk to him and he "Threw his supplicant off with supreme indifference..."(pg. 177) which makes it seem as though he would rather not have anything to do with the young man.
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Mr.Jaggers is also very peculiar when it comes to his hygiene. "... he washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon  or a dentist."(pg. 223) From this we can see that like Wemmick, Jaggers does not like to carry his work home with him and tries his best to get away from his work life.

Another trait of Mr. Jaggers happens to be that he is able to see the good side of people who are otherwise unlikely to be appreciated such as when he is talking to Pip at his house after the party about Drummle. "But I like the fellow, Pip; he is one of the true sort. Why if I were a fortune Teller-" (pg 230)

He can also be very rude such as when they are at the dinner party and his maid Molly appears he make Molly show her scars. "'I'll show you a wrist' repeated Mr. Jaggers, with an immovable determination to show it. 'Molly let them see your wrist.' 'Master' she again murmured. 'Please!' 'Molly,' said Mr. Jaggers, not looking at her but obstinately looking at the other side of the room, 'let them see both your wrists. Show them. Come!' He took his hand from hers, and turned that wrist up on the table." (pg. 226)
This shows that Mr. Jaggers does not care for Molly's embarrassment and doesn't mind making her uncomfortable.









 


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2. My character is involved with a few conflicts of the story. The main one he is involved with is his maid, this would be a man versus society conflict. His maid Molly was tried in a case for a murder of a older woman and Mr. Jaggers was her lawyer. The woman she was said to murder was said to be her husband’s mistress, therefore Molly took her revenge. Mr. Jaggers was able to convince the court in her favor and since then she has been in his service. Molly was also under suspicion of destroying her child the reason being she wanted to get revenge on her husband. However she did not destroy her daughter, though her husband did not know that. Her daughter happens to be Estella whom Mr. Jaggers had taken from Molly and put in the care of  Ms. Havisham. This would be a man versus society conflict because Mr. Jaggers had to influence the court to make Molly innocent when he knew she was guilty and  the evidence was against her.





Dearest Reader,
    Firstly, I’d like to take the time to express that Charles Dickens’, while he is a good writer and will always be a classic part of literature, I found this story difficult to understand at first. It was confusing and frankly boring the first book. The language was outdated and therefore took longer to comprehend. Besides that I have no complaints. What I liked about the book was it’s honesty. I liked how Joe has a sweet heart but honestly and truly most of us have forgotten a dear friend or dream for bigger and better things. It’s in human nature to do so. I also liked the originality and the emotion. Where else have you seen a Old woman dressed in the remains of her wedding dress reliving the moment in time where she had been left at the alter, forever plotting vengeance to all men. Have you, dear reader, seen quite a character such as Aged Parent who finds great joy in one’s nodding? These character’s come to life as though you know them personally and have met them before. They are exquisite and out of the ordinary and are a refreshing wind from the gooey, teen love, Mary-Sue-like books that riddle the shelves of today’s modern book stores. The reward of reading this book is knowledge. Knowledge of a world unknown to me. Knowledge of the 1800’s London. Knowledge of things not always being what they seem and knowledge of the easiest reading isn’t alw
ays the best. It was a learning experience.

                                  Deanna Lindmark






If I were to be casting a movie I would cast Zachary Quinto for the role. The reason being is he seems to fit the role because he appears to have a touch of sarcasm and higher standing about him. I could see him fitting into the part easily with his persuasive way of talking. He also has the eyebrows.
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If I were Jaggers I would not have given Estella to Ms. Havisham. I understand it was a time of desperation but Ms. Havisham is not the best mother like figure. As we can see Ms. Havisham turned Estella into a cold young lady who talks down to people. She grew up watching Ms. Havisham dwell in her wedding gown. Jaggers, knowing Ms. Havisham’s condition, did not make a wise choice.


And If I were to choose a song for the book it would be Fur Elise by Beethoven because to me it would go well with the relationship between Pip and Estella and Pip's unrequited love for her, just as Beethoven loved the girl he wrote this song for.

"How do you come here?"
"Miss Havisham sent for me, sir," I explained.
"Well! Behave yourself. I have a pretty large experience of boys, and you're a bad set of fellows. Now mind!" said he, biting the side of his great forefinger as he frowned at me, "you behave yourself!"
With those words, he released me - which I was glad of, for his hand smelt of scented soap - and went his way down-stairs. I wondered whether he could be a doctor; but no, I thought; he couldn't be a doctor, or he would have a quieter and more persuasive manner.(pg 87)

In this excerpt we are introduced to Mr. Jaggers personality for the first time. We see that he is a very intimidating man and can be very influential with his power.


Then, and not sooner, I became aware of a strange gentleman leaning over the back of the settle opposite me, looking on. There was an expression of contempt on his face, and he bit the side of a great forefinger as he watched the group of faces.
"Well!" said the stranger to Mr. Wopsle, when the reading was done, "you have settled it all to your own satisfaction, I have no doubt?"
Everybody started and looked up, as if it were the murderer. He looked at everybody coldly and sarcastically.
"Guilty, of course?" said he. "Out with it. Come!"
“Sir," returned Mr. Wopsle, "without having the honour of your acquaintance, I do say Guilty." Upon this, we all took courage to unite in a confirmatory murmur.
"I know you do," said the stranger; "I knew you would. I told you so. But now I'll ask you a question. Do you know, or do you not know, that the law of England supposes every man to be innocent, until he is proved - proved - to be guilty?"
"Sir," Mr. Wopsle began to reply, "as an Englishman myself, I--"
"Come!" said the stranger, biting his forefinger at him. "Don't evade the question. Either you know it, or you don't know it. Which is it to be?"
He stood with his head on one side and himself on one side, in a bullying interrogative manner, and he threw his forefinger at Mr. Wopsle - as it were to mark him out - before biting it again.(pg 142)

Here we can see more development of the character of Jaggers when he contradicts Wopsle. His lawyer tenancies show and it is obvious he is a very persuasive man and that he is very intelligent and passionate about debating.



I embrace this opportunity of remarking that he washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.(pg 223)

Here is another excerpt that shows the development of Jaggers. As I explained earlier in #1 He does not like to carry his work around with him. There might be an underside to it though where he has a softer side like Wemmick and does not want his buisness life interfering with his personal life.


"There's power here," said Mr. Jaggers, coolly tracing out the sinews with his forefinger. "Very few men have the power of wrist that this woman has. It's remarkable what mere force of grip there is in these hands. I have had occasion to notice many hands; but I never saw stronger in that respect, man's or woman's, than these.(pg 225)


Here you see that Mr. Jaggers likes power. He see's potential in power, for example her hands. This shows the development in his admiration of his successes and his amazement at the power of some people.


"Mr. Jaggers was for her," pursued Wemmick, with a look full of meaning, "and worked the case in a way quite astonishing. It was a desperate case, and it was comparatively early days with him then, and he worked it to general admiration; in fact, it may almost be said to have made him. He worked it himself at the police-office, day after day for many days, contending against even a committal; and at the trial where he couldn't work it himself, sat under Counsel, and - every one knew - put in all the salt and pepper. The murdered person was a woman; a woman, a good ten years older, very much larger, and very much stronger. It was a case of jealousy. They both led tramping lives, and this woman in Gerrard-street here had been married very young, over the broomstick (as we say), to a tramping man, and was a perfect fury in point of jealousy"(pg 418)

This part is very important as well to the dvelopment of Jaggers because this baisicly was his defining moment. Where he was put to the test on how to win the case. It has made him the lawyer he is today.





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