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Explore the way in which Dickens uses the house of Miss Havisham and Wemmick to reflect their character and status and to show his own philosophy, I will also be examining the way Dickens uses his novels to show his own view of the society he lives in.

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In this essay, I intend to explore the way in which Dickens uses the house of Miss Havisham and Wemmick to reflect their character and status and to show his own philosophy, I will also be examining the way Dickens uses his novels to show his own view of the society he lives in. The story begins with a boy called Pip who was invited to play by Miss Havisham at the Satis House. Whilst he was there, he fell in love with Estella even though she treats him rudely, and she spoke to him like he was dirt. "Come boy!" "Ha! He is merely a common little boy!" Estella calls Pip that and treats him cruel because he is a 'common' person, she treat him as if he is nothing special and just another mere working boy. Pip is a boy who falls in love with a rude obnoxious girl (Estella) and tries to go up in his social esteem to win her. 'Pip' is a seed meaning that he has a lot to learn and more growth and development before he is a fully-grown person physically and mentally. Pip wanted Estella, so he became a gentleman to live up to her expectations. Mrs Havisham was surrounded by images of decay and death, which suggest the kind of influence she has on Pip and Estella. In Pip she instils expectations, which are cruelly false, and comes close to ruining his life before realising the enormity of her actions. She no longer lives in a world that resembles reality as shown by the stopped clocks, decomposed wedding feast and her mouldering wedding dress. She has turned into this strange and cold character because her heart was broken. Wemmick was a character almost the same but different at the same time as Miss Havisham in ways, they both tried to cut the communication between their life and the social life beyond their homes. ...read more.


When women got married in Dickens time, all their money went to their husband. By using Miss Havisham's character, he tries to explain that the way women were treated then can have a massive impact on their lives too. In the book Miss Havisham wanted to pay men back for what one man had done to her, She uses Estella for revenge against them. "Break their hearts my lovely..." Dickens is trying to prove that 'what goes around comes around'. Miss Havisham wanted to be married and have a social status of more than being a rich old grumpy woman who lived in the big house outside the village. "...An immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house." The Satis House in comparison to Miss Havisham's attitude is immensely similar in different ways (it is almost as if they share the same life), everything that happens to Miss Havisham also happens to the House itself. Miss Havisham is now old, maybe even as old as the house! She is in a dismantled state (just like the house) of the mind ever since she got turned down. "An Epergne centre piece of some kind.... I heard the mice too, rattling behind the panels, as if the same occurrence were important to their interests" This tells us that Miss Havisham has moved or tried to move on. Nothing had been moved since her wedding was cancelled and everything has been left there to rot and die that way in shame. "What do you think that is? ....Mine!" This tells us that whatever was on this table was not very distinguishable and very hard to recognize, this also suggests to us that whatever that was on the grand table must have been very old and unmoved for it to get into that kind of state. By this book, it explains to us how Victorian society's expectations of women were harsh, unreasonable and sexist. ...read more.


Miss Havisham's character is noble and restraint by the society then her wish to marry a man but didn't shows that being known and getting a position then was very important to women. She wanted more than to be known for her wealth and money, so she lives in pursuit and never counted on anybody again because they might be deceptive towards her. She no longer trust man or woman but only children for she thinks they have not been poisoned by the society yet, therefore she invite Pip to play and not a Man or Woman. Wemmick's attitude towards his society is similar to Miss Havisham's. Pip was the only outsider that has been to Wemmick's house, which shows how much he trusts and value Pip. Wemmick tries and makes the best of what society gives him and tries not to get them involved in his personal life as much as he could. Dickens represents the difference between the poor and the rich, the women and the men, through the main characters, these things tell us how much of an importance to be those things are, women were used as sex objects, all their money, and belongs were given to their husband when they get married, some snobs treated the poor as dirt with no feelings. Wemmick is a positive person and tries to make the best out of what he has, even though he is working class, he values his life a lot. Miss Havisham is rich and shows us that all the money in the world could not make us as happy. Pip and Estella shows us that Love will eventually overtake pride and position. I think throughout the story Dickens is sympathizing the whole society then. This shows that everything could not be perfect in the world then with the society and people they had. The story has a point of showing the audience what life was then...and for us to look to the future and make it better. 1 Yen Chi Vo 9TH Great Expectations Coursework ...read more.

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