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GCSE English Literature Coursework. 'Great Expectations'. Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens. It is about a boy who was brought up in humble obscurity by his ill-tempered older sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her strong but gentle husband, Joe Gargery who is a blacksmith. Pip's expectation's are to be made a 'gentleman'. He thinks all the gifts and money were from a rich lady called Miss Havisham, But Miss Havisham just used him as a victim for her niece Estella used her charm with the aim of breaking Pips heart. Through pips life he has gone on thinking that Miss Havisham helped him to be a gentleman, but problems occur when he discovers his real benefactor to be Magwitch. Magwitch was a convict and Pip helped him to try and escape from prison when he was a child. There are a lot of expectations, for other characters; Estella expects to become a rich lady, dominating humiliated admirers but then becomes enslaved to a brutal husband; Herbert Pocket, dreams of becoming a powerful industrialist but he has no capital until Pip arrives and provides money and financial assistance. ...read more.


As a young woman, Miss Havisham was left by her fianc� minutes before her wedding and now she has a vendetta against all men. On Pips first arrival he noticed the great front entrance, which had two chains across its outside, the iron bars in the windows of the house, the brewery at the side of the house and another thing he noticed was that the passages were all dark. The house is gloomy and mysterious and gives off the feeling of airiness. The name Satis House comes from the Latin for sufficient. Satis House reflects the corruption, decay and the fate of its owner which is Miss Havisham. The brewery next to the house symbolises the connection between commerce and wealth, the crumbling, old stones of the house, as well as the darkness and dust that invade it, symbolise the general decadence of Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham's dressing room was large, well lighted with wax candles and there was no daylight. ...read more.


There was a feast prepared on it and a centre-piece in the middle of the table, which was overhung in cobwebs, yellow and had a black fungus growing out of it. There were spiders and insects running to and from it and mice. Dickens shows that Miss Havisham is vulnerable as she refuses to go outside and see daylight, she has made herself miserable because she could have moved on but chose not to for 26 years. The significance of the wedding breakfast slowly decaying is good, it just gives you a better idea of how long she has just given up with life and she is slowly decaying like the breakfast. I think that Miss Havisham only has herself to blame for why she is like that, although I think she would have been a nice person if she had got married. She is a living corpse, like the house and the dining table. Dickens uses the location to reflect her character very well because as the house is getting older and decaying, Miss Havisham is too. She is basically a living corpse holding on to her last threads. Laurisse Dottin 10W ...read more.

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