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Charles Dickens Great Expectations Chapter 8: Pips Visit To Mrs Havisham

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Introduction

James Nevitt draft 3 The story, Great Expectations takes place in Victorian England with a little boy known as Pip. Pip lives with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband Joe the blacksmith. Pips mother, father and 5 brothers lay rest in the church burial grounds. Pip is a lower class common labouring boy but when he meets an escaped convict in the mellow dunes of the church yard, his life turns upside down. Dickens himself suffered hardship as a child when his father was sent to jail due to lack of tax payments and the character Pip relates to this for also not having a father. Great Expectations shows the hard times of Victorian London and shows the harshness of how the lower class people were treated. Charles Dickens was born the 7th of February 1812 and until 9 years old he lived in the costal regions of Kent. A country to the south east of England Dickens moved to London when he was 9 and his father arrested when he was 12. At the age of 25 Dickens released his first novel "The Pickwick Papers" This was a huge successful novel and Dickens was considered a literary celebrity, until his death in 1870. ...read more.

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Pip only described Mrs Havasham at first, as the strangest lady he had ever seen. She still had her bridal flowers in her hair, Mrs Havasham had a tragedy that Pip was soon to learn, she has been jilted on her wedding day. She wore her pale wedding dress, all withered and worn, she wore only 1 white shoe with the other on her dressing table. Pip notices that the rooms clocks are all stopped at the same time, but was this a coincidence? No, this was the exact time that Mrs. Havashams groom failed to attend the wedding. Her dress was made of rich materials. Satins lace and silks. Dickens uses repetition a lot in the scenes with Mrs Havasham. "Her shoes were white and she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair but her hair was white." She also had many sparkling jewels on her neck and hands, and more on the table. She also had half packed trunks scattered about the floor, most likely for her honeymoon, witch she never went on. Mrs Havasham turned to look at pip, the first words to come from her cold lifeless lips were, "who is it?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Pip felt very terribly towards Estella. Pips experience at Mrs Havasham's gave him a chance to meet two very awful characters. Estella Gave Pip the food without even looking at him, which made him feel even lower. Pip was now totally humiliated. He was hurt, he was spurned, and he was offended, and he was sorry and most of all, angry. Pip began to cry. Estella was the most awful person he'd ever met. Estella felt very proud that she was the one who caused Pips crying. Pip looked for a place to hide his face while he cried. He leaned on the wall in the lane leading to the brewery. He kicked the wall and took hard twists of his hair while he cried. Estella made it even worse when she came back and confronted him. She didn't come back to make Pip feel better, she only used it as an opportunity to hurt Pip even more. Estella saw it as a mindless game to hit Pip where it hurts, his heart. Pip left the house trying to keep in his tears, with Estella laughing as he left. "Saying, you're going to cry on the way home!" And so Pips visit to Mrs Havasham's came to an end. Surely Pips visit has given him a lot to think about, But no worries, he has been asked to return in 6 days. ...read more.

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