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Explain The Role Of Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations' Great Expectations is the story of a young boy called Pip growing up.

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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Explain The Role Of Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations' Great Expectations is the story of a young boy called Pip growing up. He lives with his sister, and his sister's husband, Joe. As he grows up he meets a young girl called Estella about the same age as him, with whom he believes he is in love with. Estella simply criticises him, which makes him angry and depressed about himself and the way he has been brought up. This makes him determined to become a gentleman, which he believes would make the Estella like him more or even love him. Later on in the novel Pip has no choice but to be sent off to London to become a gentleman. This is thanks to an unknown benefactor who provides with Pip with this opportunity through Jaggers. Because Pip has seen Jaggers at Satis house before, he immediately assumes that Miss Havisham is the benefactor and that she intends for him to marry Estella. Later in the novel the benefactor is found to be Miss Havisham's fianc� who left her on her wedding day. Miss Havisham is probably the most described character in the book due to her importance as a character in the novel. ...read more.

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She is adopted and raised by Miss Havisham, to seek revenge on men. Her plan is to break men's hearts, like Compeyson did to her. Miss Havisham also represents the wealth and riches of Pip's life ahead of him. Miss Havisham is really the opposite to Pip's brother in law, Joe. Joe basically represents poor honest values such as friendship, love and care, but Miss Havisham, without Pip knowing, is trying to break his heart. All Pip believes, is happening with him and her, is that he is there to play as instructed by his sister. He is an innocent and unsuspecting target. This makes Miss Havisham look all the more evil and heartless. Miss Havisham's 'weapon', Estella, has been brought up quite clearly to have confidence and power through all of her actions towards anybody. This can be seen in Chapter 8, page 85, when Pip arrives at the gates of Satis house and is let in by Estella. Mr Pumblechook begins to follow after Pip through the gates but is stopped by Estella and asked, "Did you wish to see Miss Havisham?" And Mr Pumblechook replies, "If Miss Havisham wished to see me." ...read more.

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And what thick boots!" As a result of this Pip is very disappointed at who he is. At the same time Miss Havisham is enjoying what is happening because this is the way she wants it. Estella's name is Latin for star. A star is a beautifully shining far off object. This star represents their current relationship at this stage in the book. Pip is attracted to her by her beautiful shining, but a loving relationship between the two is far off. After Estella tells Pip this, this results in a great deal of anger from Pip towards himself, and the way he his. Chapter 8, page 92, 'As I cried, I kicked the wall, and took a hard twist at my hair; so bitter were my feelings, and so sharp was the smart without a name, that needed counteraction.' Pip releases all his anger against a wall, but inflicting injury upon himself. Pip is now mentally, emotionally and physically hurt. This is the power of Miss Havisham and Estella. Miss Havisham can easily be looked upon as a murderer. She is killing them both emotionally, but for Miss Havisham this is just what she wants. This means her plan is working! This brings out the hatred from the reader towards Miss Havisham, making her a more disliked character of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework ...read more.

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