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How Does Dickens In His Portrayal Of Miss Havisham Explore The Theme Of Isolation?

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Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812, which is in the Victorian time. At that time there was a large divide between the rich and the poor, the working conditions for the poor were insane; poor people worked very long hours in dangerous factories and don't get paid alot of money. The few wealthy people however, lived in luxury. Those without money were severely repressed and prevented from improving and bettering their dangerous lives. Women were not looked up to in the Victorian times, women were dependent on men, unless they were rich, women were expected to serve and obey their husbands, they were not allowed to work. Charles Dickens was very interested in changing society and he did this through his novels that dealt with such topics as justice and punishment, the factory system, the widening gap between the rich and poor. He also believed that the division between the classes had produced a diseased, unhealthy and selfish society. Charles Dickens writes his novels through his experiences of life, he was the eldest son out of eight children, two of whom had died in childhood. His father, John Dickens, was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, which the family moved around a great deal.John Dickens got into debt and was sent to Marshalsea Prison, and soon after the whole family except Charles. Charles was taken out of school and put to work in a filthy warehouse where he had to stick labels on bottles, many of his ideas about social conscience probably stem from this episode in his life. When he was sixteen, Dickens was working as a court reporter. This is where he saw the harsh system of justice, which operated in England. He then became a newspaper reporter and this gave him a detailed knowledge of London and its inhabitants, both rich and poor. Throughout Great Expectations, Dickens explores the class system of Victorian England, ranging from the most wretched criminals (Magwitch) to the poor peasants of the marsh country (Joe and Biddy) to the middle class (Pumblechook) to the very rich (Miss Havisham). The theme of social class is central to the novel's plot and to the ultimate moral theme of the book--Pip's realization that wealth and class are less important than affection, loyalty, and inner worth. Pip achieves this realization when he is finally able to understand that, despite the esteem in which he holds Estella, one's social status is in no way connected to one's real character. Drummle, for instance, is an upper-class lout, while Magwitch, a persecuted convict, has a deep inner worth.Perhaps the most important thing to remember about the novel's treatment of social class is that the class system it portrays is based on the post-Industrial Revolution model of Victorian England. Dickens generally ignores the nobility and the hereditary aristocracy in favor of characters whose fortunes have been earned through commerce. Even Miss Havisham's family fortune was made through the brewery that is still connected to her manor. In this...

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