Great Expectations (Chapters 7-25)
1. Dickens is noted for giving his characters names that are descriptive to their personalities. The names often sound like other words or are a pun. How could Mrs. Wopsle’s name be descriptive of her personality? Mrs. Wopsles name describes her personality because “Wopsle” sounds like “wobble” and Mrs. Wopsle is has a very wobbly and carefree personality. 2. How are Biddy and Pip alike?
Biddy and Pip are alike because they were both “brought up by hand”. Also, they are both from the same social class and have dreams of a better life. 3. Why has Joe not learned to read as a child? What makes him marry Pip’s sister? Joe has not learned to read as a child because he did not attend school. His father would hammer at him and his mother and they would run away. His mother would put him in school, but unfortunately his father would find them, bring them back home, and hammer away all over again. He married Pip’s sister because he was living alone and she was a “fine figure of a woman”. 4. What reasons does Joe give Pip for not standing up to his wife? Joe tells Pip he doesn’t stand up to his wife because she is a master-mind. 5. Who is Miss Havisham? Why is Mrs, Joe delighted to send Pip to her house to play? Miss Havisham is an immensely rich and grim lady who lives in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion. Mrs. Joe is very delighted to send Pip to her house because Pip’s future may be made by his going to her house. Also, a fortune may come out of it. 6. Dickens often uses a description of a natural scene as a means of explaining the motivations or feelings of a character. How does the following description of the sky help the reader understand Pip’s feelings about going to Miss Havisham’s house to play? “…I could first see no stars from the chaise-cart. But they twinkled out one-by-one , without throwing any light on the question why on Earth I was going to play at Miss Havisham’s, and what on earth I was expected to play at.” The above descriptions helps the reader understand Pip’s feeling about going to Miss Havisham’s house to play because it describes how he sees no point in going (no stars in sight) and as he think more of it more questions pop in Pip’s head (‘but they twinkled out one by one”) Like why he was going and where he would play at. Chapter 8
1. Dickens often uses satire to poke fun at groups of people. In what way does Dickens poke fun at the city businessmen in this chapter? What is learned about Mr. Pumblechook when Dickens gives the reader a glimpse into his home life? 2. Why is the Manor House also called Satis House?
The manor house is also called that Satis House because it is Greek, or Latin, or Hebrew, or all three for ‘Enough’ which means that whoever had this house would be satisfied and would want nothing else. 3. Briefly describe Miss Havisham. What is unusual about her room? One of her recurring symbols in the novel is Dicken’s use of light and dark. What is the significance of the lack of outside light in Miss Havisham’s room, which is lit, even in the daytime, only by candles? Miss Havisham is dressed in rich materials, wedding-like and yellowing. She wasn’t fully dressed. What’s unusual about her room is how it seems like the time stopped from years ago, 20 minutes to 9 when her fiancé left her and how everything in the room is white. The significance of the lack of outside light in her room is the feeling of her isolation and broken heart. It signifies her true feelings inside of her. 4. Why do you think Miss Havisham makes Estella play cards with Pip? Why is he interested in Pip’s opinion of Estella? Miss Havisham makes Estella play cards with Pip to set him up for heartbreak. She is hoping that he falls in love with Estella so that she can tear them apart that way he can experience the pain that she experienced long ago. She’s interested in Pip’s opinions of Estella to see if he finds her...
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