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Write a comparison of the way miss Havisham is presented in ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Havisham’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

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Write a comparison of the way miss Havisham is presented in 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens and 'Havisham' by Carol Ann Duffy. I am going to compare the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens wrote in 1958 and the poem 'Havisham' by Carol Duffy in 1993. In Great expectations, Miss Havisham is first introduced when Pip is called to her house to play with Estella. When Pip first sees miss Havisham he is shocked by her appearance as he says, 'there sat the strangest lady that I have ever seen, or shall ever see.' Estella is miss Havishams' adopted daughter, she sees Pip as a dirty commoner, as when they are playing cards she jeers at him, 'he calls the knaves jacks this boy!' this makes him seem to be less than her. She also jokes at his appearance saying, 'what coarse hands he has! ...read more.


She is very clearly obsessed with this as when she first talks to Pip she puts her hand on her chest and asks 'what lies beneath' Pip says her heart but she quickly snaps at him shouting 'Broken!' This shows she is obsessed about letting everyone know about her misery almost as if she gets pleasure from people knowing about her 'pain' Charles Dickens does this to show just how adversely affected she was by her fianc� leaving her. The buffet was left 'decomposing and yellow' much like miss Havisham has let herself rot and turn yellow. In Carol Ann Duffy's' poem 'Havisham' miss Havisham is seen in a different light as it is written from her perspective and not Pips as it is in 'Great Expectations'. It starts with miss Havisham talking about her Fianc�, she is obviously angry about this as she calls him 'beloved sweetheart bastard' then she says 'not a day since then I haven't wished him dead' This shows just how angry she is about being 'dumped.' ...read more.


'Great Expectations' was wrote in a time when gothic novels were very popular, for example Bram Stocker's 'Dracula' or 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelly, also 'The Castle of Otranto' by Mrs Radcliffe, as a result of this Mrs Havisham is portrayed in a very gothic way, as when Pip first sees her he compares her to a waxwork, 'see was very similar to a waxwork I remember having once seen that quite scared me' also because 'Great Expectations' was written a lot earlier than 'Havisham' so Charles Dickens will have been a lot more restricted with the language he could use. You can see this as in 'Havisham' Carol Ann Duffy describes miss Havisham making love to her fianc� then biting off his manhood, Charles Dickens would never had dreamed of putting that in his novel so it shows that the two pieces of writing are different not just because of the authors styles or format but also because of the social and historical context. ...read more.

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