COMPEYSON

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1.

    Compeyson is a character who is considered to be hard, selfish, and lawbreaking to nearly every character in Charles Dickens novel, "Great Expectations". You can see how he could be considered underhanded and greedy.

    "Take notice, guard- he tried to murder me."
      -Spoken by Compeyson, page 37

   This passage helps to describe Compeyson in a discrete way. Later in the story, you discover that this is Compeyson and Magwitch, and their relationship, earlier unknown. Magwitch worked for Compeyson- I found this statement to show how deceitful Compeyson is. He has no care for the past, and immediately tried to get himself out of trouble, and to get Magwitch in more.
 
'"Luck changes," says Compeyson; "Perhaps your is going to change"'

    -Spoken by Magwitch about Compeyson, page 368

    This character shows Compeysons arrogance. He believes in a change of luck- and yet, because he already has good luck, he does not believe that he is subjected to it. He shows his true colors afterward- even though he was known to Magwitch as a lawless person, he was not anything worse than that.

    "He'd no more heart than an iron file, he was as cold as death, and he had the head of the devil afore mentioned."
    -Spoken by Magwitch about Compeyson, page 369

    This description of Compeyson is very straight forward, and easy to understand. It describes him as a person who is "cold". He seems to have no feelings for anything but himself and of "feeding" his greed. He seems to care for nothing and no one. The mention of the devil seems to reflect that he has no care for a religion, nor any fear of it. It also shows that he does not believe in danger for his soul, because he would most likely change his life style if he did.
    
    "Compeyson spoke hardy, but he was always a coward."
    -Spoken by Magwitch about Compyson, page 370

    This description of Compeyson is confirmation of what all of the other passages were describing. He never did his "dirty work" for himself- he always sent either Magwitch or Arthur, another of Compeysons workers, to do it.

2.
    
   In this novel, Compeyson is involved in a conflict with another man, Magwitch. This conflict occurs because of the past they both had together. Magwitch was often in trouble with the law, and had been in jail several times. He eventually       comes to work under Compeyson. Compeyson works as a con artist, but he makes Magwitch do all his "dirty work".           Compeyson was also the man who left Miss Havisham at the alter, doing business with her half brother. When they are      caught and brought to court, Compeyson easily puts all the blame on Magwitch, without a second thought. They are both put together on prison boats near to where Pip lives. Magwitch is angry at Compeyson, and hits him. Compeyson escapes  soon, after, not knowing that Magwitch did also. Magwitch forces Pip to get him food, and as Pip returns with it, he          accidentally comes across Compeyson. He mistakes him for a young man Magwitch says is with him. He tells Magwitch       about him, and Magwitch goes after him. He gets caught some time later, when he is found fighting with Compeyson. This  conflict between Magwitch and Compeyson eventually gets resolved, when Compeyson is killed later in the story. Readers  never learn whether it was, in fact, Magwitch that killed him. They fell off a boat together as Magwitch is about to           escape, now as Pips benefactor. Though Compeyson dies, Magwitch lives, though he is ill and injured. He eventually dies,   and their conflict is fully resolved, in a sense.

3.

    There are many passages in this novel that are important to the characters development and description. Compeyson changes in many ways physically during this novel, though he never has any type of revelation to change his ways.

    "And yet this man was dressed in coarse gray too, and had a great iron on his leg, and was lame, and hoarse, and cold, and was everything that the other man was; except that he had not the same face, and had a flat broad-rimmed low-crowned felt hat on... he swore an oath at me, made a hit at me..."
    -By Pip, page 16-17

    This passage shows the comparison between what Compeyson once was and what he was at that time. He went from a successful con artist to an escaped prisoner. Though he is not known at this time as Compeyson, you can later see the difference between the way he dresses and acts.

    "... But I heard my father mention that he was a showy-man, and the kind of man for the purpose. But that he was not to be, without ignorance or prejudice, mistaken for a gentleman, my father most strongly asseverates; because it is a principle of his that no man who was not a true gentleman at heart, ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner."
    -Spoken by Herbert about Compeyson, page 191

    This passage is a very significant description of Compeyson. Here he is shown as the gentleman who left Miss Havisham all those years ago, simply for money. It shows that, no matter how hard he may have tried, he was never to be a real gentleman, because that is something that is done through the way you are raised, not fancy clothes and money.

    "Compeysons business was the swindling, hand writing forging, stolen bank note passing, and such like. All sort of traps Compeyson could set out of and get the profits from and let another man in for, was Compeysons business."
    -Spoken by Magwitch about Compeyson, page 369

    This passage is an important description of Compeysons character. It shows who he was in the beginning, as a basis for comparison as to what he became. His choice of lifestyle can be used to assume that he was not happy in whatever life he lived before. His greed became his life. This description shows what he really is when the facade is removed.

    "Is he dead?" I asked, after a silence.
    "Is who dead, dear boy?"
    "Compeyson."
    "He hopes I am, if he is still alive, you may be sure."
    -Spoken by Pip and Magwitch about Compeyson, page 373

    This conversation between Pip and Magwitch shows Compeysons inability to let go of his hate. He tires to get back at Magwitch, just as Magwitch tries to get back at him, because of the past. This is one thing that doesn't change through the course of the novel. Neither of them are able to let go of their fight.

    "Still in the same moment, I saw the prisoner start up, lean across his captor, and pull the cloak from the shrinking sitter in the galley."
    -By Pip, page 475


    This passage occurs just before Magwitch and Compeyson fall overboard. It describes Compeyson as he unmasks the hidden Magwitch. It shows that he has changed very little through most of the novel. All of these quotes show the changes in Compeyson, and the ways in which he refuses to change.


    4.

    Dear Reader,
       The novel "Great Expectation" by Charles Dickens is a good book, though is only ideal for a small percentile of             people. It is written in old English, and I found it difficult to read. The story line itself is good, and the characters are very well developed. The characters occasionally were confusing; I found that this was because, while the author spent much time discussing most characters, a few unessential characters were brought in, and then seemingly abandoned. I found that the author was spending a lot of time discussing insignificant things, and the story moved very slowly. It was in first person point of view, which made it easier to read on my part. I think that Estella was one of the best characters- her poise, upbringing, and attitude made her an essential character, who continuously made the story interesting. This book would not be good for younger children, as there are long periods of no action and it is difficult reading.
                                                                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                                                                        Jessica

   

    If I were casting a movie, I would cast Jeri Ryan as Estella. This is because of her beauty, and her past experience in roles where little emotion was portrayed. She would be able to show the dutiful way Estella destroys men because of Miss Havisham, and her own strong will in comparison.

    If I were Estella, I would have stopped trying to push Pip away. Though she was brought up in a place where she would never love, she could have tried- and in trying, she may have unlocked the emotions that were never really replaced, just covered over.

    If I had to choose a theme song for this novel, I would choose the song "Faith of the Heart", by Rod Stewart. This song is slow, like the book, but it has hidden joys and sorrows. The lyrics of this poem work too, because they are talking about going on, and that nothing will stop them- like Pip before he learns who his benefactor is. It is also a good reflection of Pip's love for Estella.


Faith of the Heart
Artist:Rod Stewart

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near

And I can feel the change in the wind right now
Nothings in my way
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna hold me down

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

It’s been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I finally have my day
I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna change my mind

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

I’ve known a wind so cold and seen the darkest days
But now the winds I feel are only winds of change
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain
But I’ll be fine

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

Faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith of the soul
That no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

Its been a long road















                                                                                                                           


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