"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens: Is Magwitch the most Unfortunate Character in the Novel?
Magwitch's background makes him a character to pity. He never received advantages and people constantly looked down upon him because of his poor speech and clothing. Having no other choice, Magwitch had to steal to survive. Working for the well-spoken Compeyson, Magwitch only followed orders. He is treated and described like an animal who is treated brutally:
"A man who has been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered and glared and growled..."
"...he ate ravenously..."
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