The Forge And The Satis House In Great Expectations

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The Forge and the Satis House in Great Expectations

    During the Victorian Age in England, individuals revealed their class and prestige by flaunting their money, yet they were only disguising their inner character with the riches. Strong relationships are a key to a fulfilled life; in Dicken's Great Expectations, the contrast of the Forge and the Satis house uncover that happiness is born through relationships with others and not through money.


The Forge's simplicity contributes to a simple existance of those who live in it. To begin Pip's journey through life, he resided in a plain wooden house that was like many of the houses around it. THe house did not contain many posessions, yet the space was filled with the love and bond between Pip and Joe. The family did not need more than the basic necessities of life to get by. Pip's imagination was forced to develop as a result of this simplicity, and he expanded his ideas in the process.


Unlike the Forge, the Satis house was frozen in time and the emotions within the walls were frozen as well. Miss Havisham kept her posessions like they were since she was rejected on her wedding day. Estella and Miss Havisham were trapped in this dreary house that had "a great many rusty iron bars to it(50)." The iron bars mimic the prison that Estella was forced into by her adopted mother. Contrary to the Forge, the house filled with posessions was cluttered and old. The rust on the iron bars was like the rust on the emotions of the residents in the house. Miss Havisham had tried to remain a young bride forever, yet her failure to stay in that moment brought rust and ruin onto her ideals and values. The yellowness and decay in the Satis house was the opposite of the Forge. It hadn'y been kept up and cleaned because of the lack of will. The people inside the house had no impetus to be fresh and new. They lived as it nothing could be done to make a clean slate and start another chapter in life. The posessions that were collected were the only pride that Miss Havisham had and it led her to be unhappy and cold.


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