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Read chapter 8 of great expectations. How does Dickens` narrative style and use of language create the character of Miss Havisham?

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Great Expectation Coursework Read chapter 8 of great expectations. How does Dickens` narrative style and use of language create the character of Miss Havisham? "Great Expectation" is a novel written by Charles Dickens, he was born 7th February 1812. Dickens wrote Great Expectations during the Victorian Era and the Industrial Revolution. Factories were replacing farms as a means of occupation. In the factories the workers lived in horrible conditions. Children were often used in the factories because they required less pay and could navigate around the machinery better. Charles Dickens grew up in a large household and his parents spent money they didn't have. This led to Dickens being pulled out of school and having to work in a bottle factory to support his family at a young age and to his father being placed in debtor's prison, leaving Charles alone in London. Dickens wrote Great Expectations because he grew up in poor conditions and was familiar with the situations that occur in "Great Expectation" to Pip. ...read more.

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"Some bright jewels sparkled on her neck and on her hands, and some other jewels lay sparkling on the table"," I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white". This shows Miss Havisham is a rich lady and her appearance is all white. As Pip looks at Miss Havisham he describes her as a "waxwork and skeleton..." "Dark eyes that moved and looked at me". This tells the reader that Miss Havisham is not being looked after and also looks scary as Pip looks at her in the eyes. Miss Havisham uses different words to address Pip and Estella. She is very commanding and impatient while Pip is around her, "... There, There..." "Play, play, play". This tells the reader that Miss Havisham commands Pip to do what she says this is because Pip is a working class boy and his class is lower than Miss Havisham's. Miss Havisham treats Estella very differently from Pip this is shown when she says, "Your own, one day, my dear, and you will use it well." ...read more.

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Also the class between Estella and Pip is different, this shown in the way of Miss Havisham treating Estella by using more polite words to keep her happy, this also leads Estella to treat Pip differently and command him as Miss Havisham does. At the end of the chapter Pip feels humiliated, hurt and angry, this is because Pip had feelings towards Estella and she returned it in a very different way, which hurt Pip's feelings and made him spurned and offended. Dickens shows Miss Havisham's image by showing the reader that Miss Havisham is hurt by something happened in the past. Dickens also describes her as "waxwork and skeleton" this tell us that Miss Havisham is depressed and not being looked after properly. Also "The great entrance had two chains across it" this means that the house is locked away and Miss Havisham is ashamed of herself to go out as her husband ran away on the wedding day. Dickens also shows that Miss Havisham left everything, as it was when her husband ran away, (time, jewels, wedding dress etc.), this shows that Miss Havisham is always depressed and every time she looks around the house it reminds her about the past. ...read more.

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