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Explore Dickens presentation of the character of Miss Havisham in the novel, Great Expectations.

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Explore Dickens presentation of the character of Miss Havisham in the novel, Great Expectations. Great expectations is a novel written in the 19th century by Charles Dickens about love, family and rejection, where two of the main characters, Pip and Miss Havisham, have both been rejected in certain ways. The character of Pip has a big ambition to better him self socially, but through doing this rejects many of his closest friends in order to achieve his goals. He also spends most of this life pursuing one particular girl. Miss Havishams character is an eccentric old lady who lives in seclusion with her adopted daughter. She was deserted on her wedding day and has made it her goal in life to get revenge on men. The author of the book, Charles Dickens, presents the character of Miss Havisham using a number of techniques. In this essay I am going to explore the presentation of her character using the three main areas. Character and action, context and language. Miss Havisham is a strange old lady who lives with her adopted daughter Estella. ...read more.


The quotation that supports this is "Now, waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me." The word "Now" suggests that this character has not always been this way. That she must have had a bad experience during her life that has made her change radically from someone she used to be. The word "waxwork" implies something that is unreal or fake, something that is not completely natural and that has been made because of someone or something. As you come across the mention of the word "skeleton" you immediately connect it with death. It could be perceived as part of her dying or decaying as time has past and finally the word "dark eye" can immediately help you picture this character that has a tired look about them, or could even reflect and old memory. It can also state that she has had enough of living and going throught the ordeal that she has done and that that has inevitably caused her to become evil or has inherited an evil streak in her. ...read more.


The meaning of the house also reflects the way Miss Havisham felt about her old life. That she had had enough and just wanted to leave everything the way it was from the day she got jilted at the altar, all the clocks the house, the brewery and all the other things that she hasn't changed since that day. In conclusion my thoughts on the presentation of Miss Havisham is that she is a very troubled old lady, that she has past history she has not managed to resolve it and has chose to react to it in the only way she feels that she can. I feel that she is being portrayed in a way that doesn't show the real her, and the way she is feeling deep down and in a way that Charles Dickens is making her out to be some old lady who lives in the past because she was ditched at the altar which I feel is completely untrue and that there is another side to her. ...read more.

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