Look In Detail At Chapter Eight Of Great Expectations And Consider The
Significance Of The Chapter To The Novel As A Whole
Chapter 8 is when Pip's Great Expectations start and 'Play Begins'.
Pip goes to Satis House because Miss Havisham has asked for a boy to
come and 'play'. When going to Miss Havisham's House Pip is introduced
to Estella and the moment he sets eyes on her, his 'Great
Expectations' begin. Pip thinks that Estella is 'very pretty' and he
falls in love with her.
However I think Estella is mean and scornful and obnoxious and pompous
and stuck-up and thoughtless and it all started because of how Miss
Havisham brought her up. I believe that she is like this because she
has copious amounts of respect for Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham wants
Estella to be spiteful and cold-hearted to men because she got jilted.
Estella is obedient to Miss Havisham because she is dependent on her
and without her she would have no one else.
Estella is an extremely pretty girl 'and seemed very proud'. She is
'like a star'. This relates to the two clear symbols in chapter one of
the gibbet and the beacon (one of evil and one of good). I think that
Estella can be associated to the beacon because beacons guide ships to
safety, and Estella is Pip's guiding light. Dickens uses this sentence
to show that Estella is not all bad and later she is kind and caring
Estella is not just disdainful to Pip but to all men. The evidence for
this is that she slams the gate in Mr Pumblechook's face even though
he was being polite. This supports the readers thoughts that she is
scornful to all men.
While Pip and Estella are playing cards she comments on how much of a
'labouring boy' Pip is. She says that he has 'coarse hands and thick
boots'. The author writes this to accentuate the fact that Estella
feels she is greater that him. Also miss Havisham is using Pip to make
herself feel better. She tells Estella to 'Beggar him'. She says this
in context to the card game (Beggar Thy Neighbour) but the reader
knows that she means 'beggar him in life.
Estella is very vindictive. She is like a product of Miss Havishams
upbringing but growing up too fast.
Pip meets Estella at Satis House where we are introduced to Miss
Havisham. Her house is like a prison as she has boarded up the windows
and barred the windows. The way in which the house is described makes
us feel as if the overgrown gardens are like the sea, and Satis House
is like a ship stranded at sea. This reminds us of Magwitch and the
prison hulks. The word 'bars' is repeated many times to accentuate the
fact that Miss Havishan lives in a house like a prison. The theme of
imprisonment is prevalent throughout the whole chapter.
Miss Havisham has imprisoned herself by never going out and living
like the dead. She is like the seeds in Mr Pumblechook's drawer, as if
she could 'break out of these jails and bloom'.
Mr Pumblechook is a local seedsman, he is a...