You don’t know if he’s human, the Creature from the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein’s monster.It frightened the life out of me as a kid.” He hopes his Magwitch will do the same for a whole new generation. We sympathise for Magwitch a great deal in this book even though he is intimidating at first.
The story relates that Molly had given birth to Magwitch's daughter, who was about two or three years old at the time of Molly's trial.
This is the first time that one starts to pity Magwitch, and to see his softer and more human side.
We also see how desperate Magwitch is for food: "His eyes looked so awfully hungry, too, that when I handed him the file and laid it down on the grass, it occurred to me he would have tried to eat it, if he had not seen my bundle." His need for food makes us sympathise for him even more and the choice of, "awfully hungry" makes his situation even more awful.
It is clear that Dickens reflects on the society of the time, and shows the unjust, class divided society Magwitch was a part of and the need to reform a legal system which treated this man so unjustly.
Knowing Magwitch grew up in this brutal society, it isn't surprising that our initial impressions are built around the fact he is a bloodthirsty villain and not very trustworthy.