The Misery Of Wealth Essay

666 words - 3 pages

“We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable... There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did ” (Dickens 291). Many people believe that having money automatically gives happiness. However, reality has proven that money only ever allows people to choose a form of misery. Flawlessly, Dickens creates a novel that utterly captures this theme. Great Expectations expresses the theme “money does not bring happiness”; Dickens perfectly demonstrates this idea through the eccentric Miss Havisham and the self-centered Mr. Jaggers.
Miss Havisham, to begin with, demonstrates the classic example of living a lie. Made so obvious, Dickens has even written her past into her name, Have-a-sham. Miss Havisham fell in love with the scoundrel, Compeyson, who only wanted her for the wealth Miss Havisham had inherited. “Miss Havisham was now a heiress... This man pursued Miss Havisham closely... she perfectly idolized him. He practiced on her affection in the systematic way, that he got great sums of money from her... He wrote her a letter... What was in it, further than that it most heartlessly broke of the marriage” (Dickens 191). This act of deceit and heartbreak ruined Miss Havisham’s life. “Well lighted with wax candles. No glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it... I say that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes... that figure upon which it now hung loose, had shrunk to skin and bone” (Dickens 60). Miss Havisham entered a state of living where she surrounded herself with cobwebs and darkness. Stuck in time, Miss Havisham never has...

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