All of the Main Characters in Great Expectations are Jerks, Except for Joe, Biddy, and Herbert

Estella

It was convenient for miss Havisham that Estella was beautiful, because if she wasn’t, then Miss Havisham would have been raising a normal girl that she could not have used as a weapon. It was also a good thing for Estella that she was beautiful, because she had no other redeeming quality to get her through her life. She did have the benefit of Miss Havisham’s money, but that was only setting her up to fail, and to the same heartbreak that Miss Havisham went through.
Estella was a jerk because she was raised to be cold, and heartless, but she did nothing to change it. Many of us have been raised under much worse circumstances. She did not have to live with poverty, violence, abuse, or even the difficulties that an average child would have to endure. Most people that struggle through these things, end up learning from them, overcoming them, and becoming normal members of society. We have all met a few a Estella’s in our lives. They don’t act that way because they are victims. They know exactly what they are doing, and why they are doing it. Simply to be cruel, and selfish. Estella was a stuck up jerk.