Which of the three endings to Great Expectations was most appropriate considering the plot of the novel?

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Great Expectations

Conclusions on the Conclusion

Great Expectations is the story of Pip, an orphan boy, who is being brought up by his sister and her husband Joe, the village blacksmith. Pip is training to be Joe's apprentice. One day he meets a convict on a marsh and is frightened into stealing food for him. Later on he is taken to Satis house, where lives the rich Miss Havisham and her ward Estella. Miss Havisham wants Pip to "play" for her. However having seen how they live Pip becomes dissatisfied with his own life as a lowly apprentice. He discovers that he has a "mysterious benefactor" who has paid for him to become a rich London gentleman.

He moves to London and becomes educated and abandons his old home. He gets heavily into debt when he has done only one good thing with his money - securing a living for his friend Herbert.

He falls in love with Estella, who has, however been brought up by Miss Havisham to be a heartbreaker. However Pip is convinced that his mysterious benefactor is Miss Havisham, and that therefore she means him to ultimately marry Estella. He is horror struck to discover that his benefactor was not, in fact, Miss Havisham, but was Magwitch, the criminal he had helped so many years before, and Estella marries Bentley Drummle

He decides that Magwitch must be convinced to leave the country since he was deported for life and being found in England would mean instant death for him. Enlisting the help of Herbert, they attempt to catch a boat, but are thwarted by Compeyson who is an old enemy of Magwitch. Magwitch is sentenced to death but dies of an illness before he can be executed. Following his death...