Miss Havisham Essay

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Explore the feelings shown by Miss Havisham in great expectations Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It depictures the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. Great Expectations is a coming-of-age novel, and the story genre is Victorian Literature. It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early-to-mid 1800s. The status of women in the Victorian era is often seen as an illustration of the striking disagreement between the United Kingdom's national power and wealth and what many, then and now, consider its appalling social conditions. During the era symbolized by the reign of British monarch Queen Victoria, women did not have suffrage rights, the right to sue, or the right to own property. At the same time, women participated in the paid workforce in increasing numbers following the Industrial Revolution. Dickens uses strong imagery to describe Miss Havisham as barren of feelings or even life, even before we meet the bitter Miss Havisham and the rude Estella: "The cold wind seemed to blow colder there, than outside the gate..." Again we have a strange mystery: Why is this woman always in the dark, and dressed in a wedding gown? Who are the young and pretty Estella and what is she doing in such a morbid place? Pip's first taste of "higher society" is a bitter one, and it leaves him ashamed and embarrassed rather than justifiably angry. Pip is, in fact, just a toy for both Miss Havisham, who wants him to "play," and Estella, who treats him roughly while at the same time flirts. Pip, torn between being insulted and his attraction to Estella, opts to feel ashamed of his upbringing so much so that he "wished Joe had been rather more genteelly brought up." His new found respect and love for

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