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Great Expectations Jeenai Hirani The theme of isolation is directly reflected in the time it was written, the Victorian era. Women during this period were dependent on men, unless they were rich. Miss Havisham, who is rich and who is not dependent on a man, is isolated in her own, home which is decayed and diseased. Charles Dickens uses Miss Havisham to show Isolation in the novel. Charles Dickens believed that the division between the rich and the poor had produced a diseased and unhealthy society. Dickens uses Miss Havisham to show this. The British Government severely suppressed and prevented those without money from bettering themselves; this made the gap between the rich and the poor even wider. Women during this period suffered many disadvantages. They were excluded from the professions and public life. Women were also expected to "serve" and obey their husbands. Miss Havisham a woman of the Victorian era is isolated, and this is firstly shown by the state of her house, and her appearance. ...read more.


wedding day, "The prominent object was a long table with a table cloth spread on it, as if a feast had been in preparation when the house and the clocks all stopped together." Everything in that house had been stopped in time, like she doesn't want move forward anymore, ".... I saw that her watch had stopped at twenty minutes to nine, and that a clock in that room had stopped at twenty minutes to nine." Miss Havisham's isolation is based on several different reasons and as we read on through the novel we discover these reasons. Miss Havisham also is able to isolate herself as she has the money to do so. This choice of isolation was not a option for the poor. There is a great possibility that Miss Havisham might have been brought up spoilt; where she would as a child get everything she wanted and she only had to ask once. She didn't get her first love, so she, in her own way dealt with it, by isolating herself; this shows how proud she is. ...read more.


She has no heart because of this, she only has a heart to be, "....stabbed in or shot at." Miss Havisham's plan for revenge "stole Estella's heart and put ice in its place." The worse consequence she probably had to face was the pain she caused to herself. She ends up miserable and begs for forgiveness instead of gaining the satisfaction of her revenge. Dickens' intentions in his portrayal of Miss Havisham show that he wanted the reader to feel sympathetic towards Miss Havisham. Despite Miss Havisham's faults, Dickens creates sympathy for her. Dickens shows how Miss Havisham is suffering, for what she has done. During her isolation, Dickens also creates sympathy for her, by showing her loneliness and melancholy, "I heard her walking there, and so across into her room, and so across again into that, never ceasing the low cry." The Isolation of Miss Havisham is something she chose to do. The out come of that are very dear consequences. She, in the end had to learn the error of her ways, and put them right. ...read more.

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