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Expectations, how do the characters of Maggs and Phipps differ from those of Magwitch and Pip, and why has Carey introduced these differences? The story begins with the return of Maggs to London in 1837; though successful in Australia, he is a dead man if identified. Oates envisions the end of Maggss story with Maggs being burned alive in his mansion. What makes him violent; what makes him kind and tender? When Maggs dreams that he kills the Phantom (105 what does this fantasy signify? Maggs is never a "gentleman Phipps. What elements of the plot of Jack Maggs could be called "Dickensian"? What weaknesses in his character allow this hatred to take over his soul?
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Under hypnosis, Maggs reveals some of his secrets, and Oates determines-without informing Maggs-to make his reputation with a novel about the criminal mind. Best of all, Carey's memorable characters can stand proudly in the pantheon beside those of Dickens. Percy Buckle has many admirable characteristics: early in the novel Mercy Larkin says that he is "the kindest, most decent man in all the world" (68). Jack Maggs does no disservice to Pip's fearsome benefactor; the novel is almost an ode to that character. 1, kirkus Reviews found the plot device of writing letters to be a weight on this story: "His incessant letter-writing, though, used to explain his past to his boy (and to us proves a cumbersome device." 2, caryn James wrote well of this novel,. And it is satisfying, in a spiteful kind of way, to see Pip transformed into an essentially worthless cad. What betrayals has each of them committed? What does Carey mean to imply about the social ills of England, and of the Australian penal colonies? What is it about this era that holds so much fascination for readers? The time, the 1830s. New York Times jaog V. Van Curen Book Review. Jack Maggs (1997) is a novel by Australian novelist.