The Presentation Of Miss Havisham - Great Expectations

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The presentation of Miss Havisham – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The correlation between the exterior of Satis House and Miss Havisham becomes considerably clearer as you discover Miss Havishams past. The iron bars that defend the house are showing how Miss Havisham is trying to protect herself, not necessarily from criminals, but from emotion; it gives her a sense of security. The windows are barricaded up because she wishes to protect herself from the glare of the outside world, society and, most significantly, time. Satis House is one of the many masks designed for Miss Havisham. The fabrication of the character and her place in the story is so intricate; and there are so many masks. Dickens sought to convey that Satis House reflected the corruption, decay, and fate of its owner. He likens Miss Havisham to the house, one mirroring the other in aged grandeur and faded elegance. Estella explains to Pip that ‘Satis’ means ‘enough’ Pip: 'Is Manor House the name of this house, Miss?' Est: 'One of its names, boy.' Pip: 'It has more than one, then, Miss?' Est: 'One more. Its other name was Satis; which is Greek, or Latin, or Hebrew, or all three—or all one to me—for enough.' Pip: 'Enough House,' said I; 'that's a curious name, Miss.' Est: 'Yes,' she replied; 'but it meant more than it said. It meant, when it was given, that whoever had this house, could want nothing else. They must have been easily satisfied in those days, I should think.' “And I have a sick fancy that I want to see some play”. This in itself seems quite sinister, but the real purpose of Pip coming to play is that he is target practice for Estella. Miss Havisham encourages and teaches Estella to entrap Pip and break his heart, just for practice. Estella complies, and they play a card game, Beggar My
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