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Miss Havisham is one of Dickens most memorable characters. Write about Dickens presentation of Miss Havisham, referring closely to any two passages in Great Expectations

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"Miss Havisham is one of Dickens' most memorable characters." Write about Dickens' presentation of Miss Havisham, referring closely to any two passages in "Great Expectations" In "Great Expectations", Miss Havisham is one of Dickens' most memorable characters. Her repulsiveness makes her fascinating, and Dickens' presentation of her is very effective in making her an interesting individual. Her personality changes throughout the novel. Miss Havisham is an elderly woman who wears an old bridal dress that was formerly white, but has now faded to pale yellow. She was abandoned by her fianc� at the altar a long time ago. Miss Havisham was heartbroken and turned into a bitter, resentful woman. She stayed indoors, stopping the clocks and leaving everything the way it was on the day she was to be married. She stays in the darkness, never seeing the light of day, and never even ventures outside her mansion, which has been plunged into mourning. Satis House is a perfect reflection of Miss Havisham's living death: the once-luxurious house has been allowed to decay around her. "Great Expectations" was written at a time when marriage was an extremely important institution. Unless a woman had money, she needed a husband. ...read more.

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He adds that he "should like to go home". The fact that Miss Havisham has asked him to speak in her ear shows that she is quite intelligent, and knows exactly what to say to Pip in order to make him trust her. Moreover, Miss Havisham seems to think that her adopted daughter is very attractive, and jumps to conclusions, as she adds "and never see her again, though she is so pretty?" Pip responds to this with "I am not sure that I shouldn't like to see her again, but I should like to go home now". Miss Havisham, however, answers him by saying, "You shall go soon. Play the game out." This demonstrates that she is in control, and has no consideration for his feelings. When she orders Pip to come again, she says ""There, there! I know nothing of days of the week; I know nothing of weeks of the year. Come again after six days. You hear?" This is successful in escalating the atmosphere of mystery around Miss Havisham, as the reader speculates on why she does not know the date or the day. The repetition of the deceased theme throughout the chapter reminds the reader of Miss Havisham's personality, and her creepy appearance. ...read more.

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Her original purpose for adopting Estella was to love her, but this intention changed to using her as a weapon for vengeance on all men. She then meant to raise Estella to hate and to break the hearts of all men, but her plan backfires, because in the process she has made Estella unable to love her too. After she explains this to Pip, her body language is again mentioned. Her arms were "on the ragged chair, and her head leaning on them". This not only shows her remorse but also her shame. She answers all of his questions. When Miss Havisham catches fire, she is so badly burnt, that the doctor lays her out on the wedding feast table. This fulfils her death prophecy in chapter 11. The only thing she can think about is Pips forgiveness, which shows how she is truly sorry for her actions. Overall, I think that Miss Havisham is one of Dickens most memorable characters, and Dickens presents her very effectively to the reader, giving her character a lot of depth. Lastly, Miss Havisham's character leaves you wondering if people really can change long after you have finished reading the novel, which inevitably makes you remember the book. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aylin Kirmit 12 CB Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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