A tough telling of Dickens' story of violence and Victorian gentility. Dark, savagely comic and wholly unsentimental.

Great Expectations - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 150 minutes

Premier: 1999-04-12

Great Expectations - Estella (Great Expectations) - Netflix

Estella Havisham (best known in literature simply as Estella) is a significant character in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations. Like the protagonist, Pip, Estella is introduced as an orphan, but where Pip was raised by his sister and her husband to become a blacksmith, Estella was adopted and raised by the wealthy and eccentric Miss Havisham to become a lady.

Great Expectations - Estella's relationship with Pip - Netflix

Estella states throughout the text, that she does not love Pip. However, this is contradicted by the fact that she shows numerous times in the novel that she holds Pip in a much higher regard compared to other men, and doesn't want to break his heart like she does with the others that she seduces. One of the possible meanings of this is that Estella, even though she doesn't acknowledge the fact, loves Pip. The manner in which Estella was brought up saw that she would undergo strong emotional suppression and is unable to identify her own feelings, let alone express them. In a way, Estella is a character to be pitied, and even through her actions, we can see that she is still a victim of Miss Havisham's cruel vengeance.

Great Expectations - References - Netflix