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Explore How Charles Dickens Presents Miss Havisham In Chapter 8 And What The Function Of Her Character Is.

1393 words - 6 pages

Dickens made a haunted tone for Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham.It is symbolic how her house is described.
`Had a great many bars to it. Some of the windows had been walled up … all the lower were rustily barred`.
Dickens life was quite tough for him when he was a child. At a young age Dickens went to a Grammar School until his father went bankrupt due to some bad investments. After this unfortunate event Dickens was taken out of his grammar school and he was forced to work at a blacking factory which is where they made shoe polish. Dickens had to go live with his dad in prison and eventually his family and dickens after a lot of work paid off the bankruptcy. Dickens father was then freed. Dickens now knew what it felt like to be imprisoned and also witnessed the last public execution and saw people dying. He expressed all of this in the novels that he wrote.
Miss Havisham`s psychology was that on the wedding day the groom did not turn up to the marriage ceremony. She was told this by the groom sending her a letter on the day of the marriage saying they are not getting married anymore. She decided then to isolate herself at the worse most point of her life and this was inspired by dickens working in the blacking factory which he hated and which was his worst part of his life.
The Victorians ideas about decay are that the items that you own or live with or what you look like resembles your personality.

The reader’s first impression of Estella is that she is cruel.
“This is Pip, is it? ` Returned the young lady, who was very pretty and seemed very proud…….
“Ah!” said the girl; but you see she doesn’t.”
The word lady makes Pip feel like a lower class than him because Estella is seemed as a higher class therefore making him feel working class.
She uses non-standard English because she is talking in the tone that the working class talks in therefore she is taking the Mick out of him because she is a higher class than him and lower classes talk in bad English according to her.
This prepares us that throughout the film that she is going to be al nasty person .

Dickens uses pathetic fallacy to warn the reader about Miss Havisham and that she is going to be a brittle and scary character in the novel.
`…the brewery beyond…all behind was empty and disused. The cold wind seemed to blow colder there…the place will stand idle as it is, till it falls.
Dickens uses pathetic fallacy to warn the reader about Miss Havisham, and that she is going to be a brittle scary character.
It creates a very haunted and scary atmosphere due to his decay.
It prepares us for Miss Havisham and eventually what happens to her and that she is very cruel, evil and scary person and eventually she will perish by a random fire.
Estella’s attitude was that she was not bothered because she had been brain washed...

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