"Miss Havisham" Essays and Research Papers

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compare miss Havisham and Lady Macbeth

Compare the presentation of Lady Macbeth and Miss Havisham. Explore how Shakespeare and Dickens present them as disturbed women. Disturbed is a definition of someone who has emotional or mental problems; both Lady Macbeth and Miss Havisham are presented as disturbed characters in one way or another. These two leading women both have characteristics that were not stereotypical of woman at the time periods that the play and the novel were set in; making them immediately appear strange to the audience...

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Social criticism in The Great Gatsby and Great Expectations

servant. Even Estella is an example of the objectification and dehumanization of children. Although she is never forced into labor as a child on a count of the wealth of her guardian Miss Havisham, she is raised to be an object of unquestioned obedience. Deliberately making her the heartless and cruel embodiment of Miss Havishams vendetta against the world beyond the gates of Satis House. In Dickens' England society conformed to a class structure that was obsessed with social satire and wealth. On its...

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Pip And Miss Havisham In Great Expectations

the mentor and pupil relationship between Pip and Miss. Havisham contradicts tradition. Miss Havisham influences the outcome of Pip’s life by exposing him to the idea of wealth and its relation to social status. In “Great Expectation” by Dickens Pip’s expectation of wanting to be a gentleman shows that reality is sometimes ignored when it doesn’t fit within the same premises of the desired expectation. Pip is introduced to Estella by Miss Havisham when he visits her home at “Satis house,” but Estella’s...

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Universial Themes in "The Return of the Native" and "Great Expectation

time he is hired by an rich eccentric woman named Miss Havisham to be her adopted daughters playmate. Jaggers, a lawyer, informs Pip that someone has settled money for the boy and he has "great expectations". " Now I return to this young fellow. And the communication I got to make is, that he has Great Expectations" [Chapter 18, pp. 151] For some time now Pip was disliking the "uncommon" life and started to admire the lifestyle of Miss Havisham and the upper class. To put it short, he was becoming...

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Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

The portrayal of society in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is that of a symbol of contemporary British civilization, with Miss Havisham representing the epitome of such. By utilizing this particular character as the conduit between social body and physical body, the author successfully blends together the kinship inherent to these aspects of British life. Miss Havisham is instrumental in establishing the link between the traditional Victorian society and the manner in which women finally gained...

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Comparison of Miss Havisham and Lady Macbeth

Throughout both ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Macbeth’ surroundings are used to influence and define Miss Havisham’s and Lady Macbeth’s characteristics. These surroundings are not only physical, but also psychological; found in their relationships and trauma from past events. Although both women are presented in different forms Lady Macbeth is also strongly influenced by her physical surroundings. Like Miss Havisham, her home is metaphorical of her characteristics. She lives in a great castle from which we...

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Great Expectations Theme Essay

not hurt Pip she warns him to stop going after her. Pip never looses hope though and is still there for Estella even if it is just as a friend. Pip has unconditional love for Estella even though she treats him still as though he is a little boy. Miss Havisham even tells Pip “Love her, Love her, Love her! If she favors you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces, love her!”(Dickens, 230) and that is exactly what Pip does. He loves her though everything. Even though Estella...

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Social Reform in Charles Dicke

foster a need for growth inside him. Pip also is forced to live in conditions that are unattractive and unappealing. Miss Havisham’s house is often made to sound depressing, old, and lonely. Many of the objects within the house had not been touched or moved in many years. Cobwebs were clearly visible, as well as an abundance of dust, and even the wedding dress, which Miss Havisham constantly wore, had turned yellow with age. Pip was forced to live in this lonely house that had been a product...

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Explore How Dickens Creates a Memorable Opening for ‘Great Expectations’, Considering Also How He Introduces Some of His Concerns About Victorian England.

describe Pip, he lets the reader imagine what he is like makes him very personal to each individual reader and makes it more emotional to see his ups and downs throughout the novel. Especially when Pip becomes a snob due to the constant abuse from Mrs Havisham and her anti-male daughter, Estella. This leads to Pip being embarrassed by Joe and Joe leaving. This is very emotional for the readers because we witness the strong bond Pip and Joe originally had. Overall, Dickens makes the opening of ‘Great...

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The Corrupting Nature of Money in Great Expectations and a Christmas Carol

avoid temptation and, like Scrooge, loses the inspiration to do good and avoid evil. Pip becomes so caught up in achieving material success, so he might be acceptable to Estella, that he loses sight of what is really important. After meeting Miss Havisham and Estella, Pip no longer is satisfied with his life. He wants to be a gentleman and, like Scrooge, develops a passion for money which governs his life. Pip "is more ashamed of home than ever . . . he had liked [the blacksmith trade] once, but...

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