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The Comparison between the visits of Jem to Mrs Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird with the visits of Pip to Miss Havishamin Great Expectations.

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The Comparison between the visits of Jem to Mrs Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird with the visits of Pip to Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. This essay is regarding the many similarities and differences found when comparing the scenes of Jem's visits to Mrs Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird and Pip's visit to see Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. Both Jem and Pip have been forced to go and visit the two old women. This is because Jem had 'cut the tops of every camellia bush Mrs Dubose owned' and Pip was forced by those who had brought him 'up by hand', especially his sister. However, Pip was very glad to have arrived at Miss Havisham's, probably to get away from his sister, but on the other hand Jem didn't want to visit Mrs Dubose because he had to read to her for a month and because her house is 'dark and creepy' from all of the 'shadows and things on the ceiling'. The other reason for Jem visiting Mrs Dubose was because Atticus, Jem and Scout's father, wanted Jem to help Mrs Dubose, learn from his experience and develop humanity. In contrast to this, Mr Pumblechook and Pip's sister send Pip to Miss Havisham for her to 'favour' him and hand over some of her 'fortune' to Pip. ...read more.

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She was like a 'waxwork and skeleton'. The impression created here is of Ms Havisham being very thin like a 'skeleton', which is associated with death and decay where the one thing that could be seen are her eyes because the rest of her body has faded away. Pip's first sight of Miss Havisham was in her dressing room. It was a very large room 'lighted with was candles' there was a 'draped' table with a 'gilded looking-glass' which was 'made out' to be a 'fine lady's dressing table', whereas Scout and Jem were confronted with an 'oppressive odour' and at the corner of the room was a brass bed where Mrs Dubose lay looking vulnerable. Again, the comparison between Miss Havisham and Mrs Dubose's wealth is seen. There was also a 'marble-topped washstand' by her bed. On it were a glass, a 'red ear syringe', cotton and a 'steel' alarm clock. The room was also described to be dark because of the odour that was like 'rain-rotted grey' houses where there are 'coal-oil lamps'. This gives a mental image of a cold and gloomy room. Like wise, Miss Havisham's 'passages were all dark' and there wasn't a 'glimpse of daylight' to be seen in her dressing room. One main similarity in both of the rooms is the dirtiness. ...read more.

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This shows that in the end Mrs Dubose did give a small but meaningful and loving reward. The difference in wealth and communities is very much seen in the scenes where the women are visited as Mrs Dubose lives in a neighbourhood where people such as Atticus are supportive of her and show her respect by trying to help her for nothing in return. On the other hand, Miss Havisham had to pay for Pip to have 'diversion', so there was probably no one to help distract her, or to come to 'play' and perhaps fall in love with Estella for free. Both novels are set at different times with To Kill A Mockingbird located in the southern parts of the United States of America, and Great Expectations in England. This links to the language used in the novels as To Kill A Mockingbird has a major influence from the 'coloured folks' such as the word 'yawl', where as Great Expectations is written much more formally. After looking at the similarities and differences, I think that the major points made were the treatment towards Jem by Mrs Dubose and Pip by Miss Havisham, including Estella, the resemblance and comparisons regarding time and also their spread of misery. I strongly believe that these three points are the most important as they show why Mrs Dubose and Miss Havisham are doing what they are doing, living how they are living and what they are going through. ...read more.

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