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What are the results of Miss Havisham's desire revenge in the novel, 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens.

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What are the results of Miss Havisham's desire revenge? In the novel, 'Great Expectations', Charles Dickens' character Miss Havisham is highlighted as a bitter old woman who is vengeful and uncompromising. Miss Havisham's desire to take revenge against a man, who has previously done her wrong, consumes her and has overwhelming consequences on herself and her behaviour towards other characters in the novel. The reader first encounters Miss Havisham in chapter eight when Pip, the main character, is sent to play at Satis House, Miss Havisham's place of residence. Satis House is described as semi-derelict and neglected, 'grass was growing in every crevice', 'all is empty and disused'. Miss Havisham has deliberately allowed her house to fall apart, as a result of her disappointment and conscious desire for revenge. Not only does Miss Havisham's house reflect the consequences of Miss Havisham's choices and past experience, but her personage also does. 'She was dressed in rich materials...and she had a long white veil dependent from her hair'. Miss Havisham was deserted by the man she loved on her wedding day and allowed this tragedy to fester to the extent that her life has stood still since that very day, 'the bride within the bridal dress had withered...and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes'. ...read more.


She knows she can use Estella as her weapon to act out her own vengeful fantasies. Even when Pip is first called to play at Miss Havisham's, there is a sense of foreboding, and her orders are strict and military, the reader can sense the power she has, even over oppressive characters such as Pip's sister, Mrs. Gargery, ' she wants this boy to go and play there. And of course he's going. And he had better play there'. Miss Havisham has targeted the innocent young boy, as a representative of the male species. On Pip's second visit to Satis House, Estella's power over Pip becomes more apparent and the reader recognises him as a target for Miss Havisham's revenge, 'you are to go and stand there boy until you are wanted' and Miss Havisham's control over Estella, which effectively controls Pip. In Pip's second visit to Satis House, we witness Miss Havisham's pivotal over the children,' Miss Havisham watched us all the time, directed my attention to Estella's beauty'. Estella's beauty is Miss Havisham's weapon and Pip soon falls in love with her. ...read more.


This is fundamentally Miss Havisham's influence, as Pip is doing this all for Estella. Pip officially casts his once happy life with Joe and the Forge in pursuit of living out his Great Expectations, 'and the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me'. The reader starts to see how Miss Havisham has changed the course of Pip's life. Pip goes on to be disappointed by his Great Expectations and his disillusions of whom his benefactor was. We discover it wasn't Miss Havisham after all but a mere escaped convict Pip had helped many years before. This shows a sense of irony, as his Great Expectations were to become a gentleman, bringing him back to his originals status, a mere labouring boy. Towards the end of the novel, Miss Havisham dies and her power over the other characters dissolves. Miss Havisham's desire for revenge prevents Pip and Estella leading the life they should have done for the majority of the novel but her death, leading to the re-birth of Pip and Estella has the opposite effect, and undoes her vengeful antics. Pip and Estella can finally be happy and be untainted by Miss Havisham's desire for revenge, 'I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place'. GCSE Coursework Pre-1900 Alice Baillie, 11S. ...read more.

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