There is an underlying theme of natural justice coming from moral crimes in the story. There is also justice for legal crimes. As all of those who commit legal crimes are all punished. Loyalty and Kindness are both rewarded. We are made to feel that the true and faithful Herbert deserves his happy marriage to Clara and that Joe and Biddy deserve a similar satisfaction. Magwitch is an instrument of justice. He tries to reward Pip for helping him on the marshes. By trying to make him a 'gentleman'. He also makes Compeyson pay the ultimate price for his past crimes.
In which the legal system failed. There is also a kind of ironic justice. Which is shown by Pip's sister being a violent women and dies because of a violent assault. Jaggers is portrayed as the man who represents the Legal system in the book. He is shown to be a lawyer whose main concern is to make money. This shows that the law system isn't being run so that justice will be gained but for people to make a profit. This passage demonstrates character of Jaggers can be found in the scene in which Wemmick takes Pip to the police court to see Mr. Jaggers "at it" Chapter.
24, Pip describes his guardian as a man who: Was striking (the witness), and the bench, and everybody present, with awe. If anybody, of whatsoever degree, said a word that he didn't approve of, he instantly required having it 'taken down. ' If anybody wouldn't make an admission, he said. 'I'll have it out of you! ' and if anybody made an admission, he said, 'Now I have got you! ' The magistrates shivered under a single bite of his finger. Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction .
. .. He was making the legs of the old gentleman who presided, quite convulsive under the table, by his denunciations of his conduct as the representative of British law and justice in that chair that day. This shows that Jaggers bullies and harasses those people that he is questioning into saying what he wants them to tell him so that he can win that trial. This also shows that he is disinterested in proving a person quilt or their innocence by using factual evidence rather than bullying people into saying what he wants. Crime has its effect on Jaggers and Wemmick.
Jaggers washes his hand after every time he has contact with criminals. This is a way to wash away the sins. This is also used in the play Macbeth. This shows that Jaggers sees in himself that he work in an awful system. Whilst Wemmick has a complete alter ego when he's not around Jaggers. Crime is the driving force of the plot. At the beginning of the book, Pip meets Magwitch. Magwitch makes Pip steal for him and ever after that Pip feels the taint of crime. Crime is an everyday occurrence in the story. Even casual conversations in pubs are centred on crime, such as the scene at the Three Jolly Bargemen when Mr.
Wopsle reads a newspaper article about "a highly popular murder" in chapter 18. Pip, himself, is aware of the presence of crime in both his life and London society, following his second visit to Newgate Prison where he says "I consumed the whole time in thinking how strange it was that I should be encompassed by all this taint of prison and crime; that, in my childhood out on our lonely marshes on a winter evening I should have first encountered it; that, it should have reappeared on two occasions, starting out like a strain that was faded but not gone; that, it should in this new way pervade my fortune and advancement