• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9

Describe in detail, Pip's first visit to Satis House and how the visit and characters affect him.

Extracts from this document...


Describe in detail, Pip's first visit to Satis House and how the visit and characters affect him. Anjana Patel 10th February 2002 Mr Pumblechook was inexperienced in looking after young children and therefore entertained Pip with mathematical sums over Pip's breakfast. Pip's breakfast consisted of a little amount of bread with as little amount of butter and milk, diluted with a large quantity of water, that Pip considered there was no need for the milk. The sums also continued through out their journey to Mrs Havisham's house, not making it any easier for Pip who was already feeling 'ill at ease' about the way he should conduct himself at Mrs Havisham's house. On Pip's arrival at the house, he noticed that it was built of bricks that now looked old. Some of the windows had been walled up, and the remaining windows that had been barred, had now rusted. While he was waiting for someone to unlock the gates, Pip noticed that a large derelict brewery was close to the house. It seemed idle, as if it had not been used for many years. Pip's first impressions of Estella were that she was very pretty and seemed to be very proud. From her swift dismissal of Mr Pumblechook, "............But you see she don't". Pip considered her to be very proud and arrogant young lady although she was so pretty. As Estella conducted Pip through the courtyard, he noticed that although it was paved and clean, there was grass growing between the paving stones. The Manor House seemed very large, and generally dismal. It felt colder inside the gate, than outside, and the wind made a howling noise round the open sides of the brewery. Estella told Pip, that there was enough beer to drown The Manor House. Estella called Pip 'boy' though they were about the same age. The Manor House was another name for Satis House, which meant 'enough' meaning that whoever was in possession of the house, would not want anything else and that the house would be enough for them. ...read more.


The name Estella means star and a star is pretty but are cold, dismissive and isolated, just like Estella the girl. Like a star, she lit up the dark cold passage way. Estella entered the room and was beckoned to come nearer. Miss Havisham picked up the jewel and placed it around her neck, she told Estella that all would be hers one day. " Let me see you play cards with this boy." Miss Havisham told Estella. She exclaimed, "With this boy! Why he is a common labouring boy!" Miss Havisham replied, "Well you may break his heart!" Pip at first thought that he had misunderstood what Miss Havisham had said, although later realised that he had heard correctly. Miss Havisham had had her heart broken by a man, and was now out for revenge through Estella. They played and only then did Pip realise that everything like the watch and the clock had stopped a long time ago. Miss Havisham had put back the necklace from the exact spot she had found it from. The shoe on the dressing table had never been worn, but the shoe on her foot had been worn out and the silk sock once white, now yellow had been 'trodden ragged'. All the objects yellow with decay and all the withered bridal gear on the old skinny body looked so much like grave clothes, and the long veil so much like a shroud. Miss Havisham is described as a corpse as she sat slouched. The edges of her bridal dress was ruined and faded in colour, and looked like earthy paper. Her reluctance to see the natural light makes us think that she will be turned to dust if she sees daylight just like a vampire. Pip was insulted by the name he gave the knaves. "He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy!" Now looking at the Pips coarse hands she insulted them and his thick boots. ...read more.


On the other hand, Pip seems to fall in love with Estella during their first meeting. He even admits to Miss Havisham, that he thinks her adopted daughter was not only "very proud" and "very insulting," but also "very pretty" and that he should "like to see her again". After just one afternoon at the Satis House, Pip develops a desire to become more acceptable to Estella, in hopes that her callous attitude toward him would change. As a result, while walking back home, Pip begins to feel ashamed of his life. His mind is filled with regretful thoughts such as "that I was a common labouring-boy; that my hands were coarse; that my boots were thick; and generally that I was in a low-lived bad way". Pip realizes that his personality and outlook on his life was changing. Pip was brought to Miss Havisham's place; a mansion called the "Satis House," where sunshine had never entered in the past nine or so years. He meets a girl about his age, Estella, "who was very pretty and seemed very proud." Pip instantly falls in love with her. He then meets Miss Havisham, a willowy, yellowed old woman dressed in an old wedding gown. Miss Havisham seems most happy, when Estella insults Pip's coarse hands and his thick boots as they played. Pip was insulted, but thinks there was something wrong with him. He vows to change, to become uncommon, and to develop into a gentleman. As a result of his visit, Pip's analysis of himself and his life, concludes that he was 'morally timid' and 'very sensitive'. By comparison to the appearance and demeanour of Estella, he considers himself to be a common labourer. He worries about his appearance - his coarse hands and thick boot's. Despite the way Estella treats Pip, he was starting to fall in love with Estella and was becoming impatient with Joe and all he stood for. This was the turning point that effectively launches Pip's ambition to become Estella's equal, both socially and culturally. English Coursework 14th February 2002 Anjana Patel 11R! ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Miss Havisham

    His physical description of Miss Havisham is seen as monstrous and grotesque embodying the form of a gothic monster, therefore making it difficult for the reader to sympathise with her. The language, Dickens uses, is associated with death as he is implying that love humanises and offers life and hope

  2. Free essay

    Great Expectations. Discuss how the theme of class is developed through Pips visit to ...

    We find out later on in the novel that Pip longs to become a gentleman; in order to do this, he needs an education. As the novel goes on, we learn that Joe too is illiterate: "I accidentally held our prayer book upside down,".

  1. Great Expectations - Discuss how the theme of class is developed through Pips visit ...

    'Universal struggle,' this is how Pip describes life as a desolate young boy. Pip strives to become his dream fantasy; a gleaming, bright gentleman and to do that he must overcome many things.

  2. How do circumstances cause characters to change?

    Now all he wants to be is an upper class gentleman. He feels ashamed. He is ashamed of Joe. Then Joe is blamed and Pip wants him to be less ignorant and common.

  1. Discuss how the theme of class is developed through Pip's visit to Satis House

    "Mi dear Jo I ope u r krwite well...." This quote enforces the point which was made before that the standards of children's education in lower class backgrounds are ridiculously low. Even the simplest words in the English dictionary are complex tasks for these children to do, furthermore even words

  2. Essay Title: Discuss How The Theme Of Class Is Developed Through Pips Visit ...

    Also, Pip is innumerate meaning he cant count, "I fell among the thieves, the nine figures," this tells us that Pip is lacking basic life skills and must adapt to life without reading, writing and counting which adds to his struggle of dreaming to become a gentleman and gains sympathy off the reader because of his desperate situation.

  1. What does Pip have to learn in order to achieve some Measure of Contentment?

    She won the game, and I dealt. I misdealt, as was only natural for me to do when I knew she was lying in wait for me to do wrong; and she denounced me for a stupid, clumsy, labouring boy (Page 58) I believe that this is a very effective and significant passage of writing in the

  2. Pip's monologue. Cold. Lonely. Scared. The three words that sums up how Im ...

    I thought I misunderstood his question when he turned my upside down, but it turned out he wanted to see what I had in my pockets. As soon as he saw the stale piece of bread drop to the ground he clumsily placed me on a tombstone and attempted to scoff the whole piece in one mouthful.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work