They say God condemns for life, by giving those a broken heart. Havisham was a sensitive individual and in the grim personal love-tragedy she encountered, anyone would turn cynical. Her case was the rarest of the rare. She…
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Her beautiful mansion of love collapsed and that betrayal led her to make some desperate decisions. When the news struck her like a lightning that her man was gone forever from her life she was wearing only one shoe, and she continued to remain in that condition. She wished to conquer time in her own style by stopping all the clocks in Satis House at twenty minutes to nine, and that was the moment when she received the news of treachery of Compeyson. She literally turned mad and yearned for vendetta. Her adoption of Estella was not an act of love, not to recoup her original mental poise, but to seek revenge on men. She imparted her training to break men’s hearts. She was raised as a weapon, a destructive tool. She failed to grasp the essence of life that in societal terms one lived not only for self but for the sake of near and dear ones in the family and well-wishers. All noble thoughts and ethical standards were swept under the carpet by her in the pursuit of destructivity. She failed to appreciate the intensity of hurt that she was causing to Pip and Estella.
Havisham discounts the possibility that there is always scope for advancement in life, notwithstanding the cruel stroke of destiny. One incident, good or bad, does not constitute life. Trials and tribulations are part of life and the world cannot run on happiness alone. With a rigid approach, she shuns societal contacts and prefers self-imposed prison of solitude and speaks in the words of condemnation about the man who betrays her and men in general. Her condition evokes deep sympathy. Words generate from her tongue like the blows of hammer.
Havisham has suppressed the tender feelings of love and her heart is filled with poisonous thoughts of negativities. But, after all, she is a woman and her sexual feelings torment her, sadism overtakes her and she lashes out at the male fraternity,
Miss Havisham is certainly not responsible for her own misery. The
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Charles Dickens had himself undergone many different transformations in his life, where he had seen many ups and downs, and thus the protagonist of the novel i.e. Pip is merely the portrayal of himself in a way. Dickens had seen quite a hard life himself after which he eventually achieved success, thus being at a lower place in the social spectrum he had developed a strong sense of class system and acquired the quality to judge people based on various traits which they seem to posses, thus he had conceived such characters based on his judgment (Jhonson pp 23).
This type of novel features the “psychological and moral” growth of hero from his earlier part of life to mature age. The protagonist of the story connects him with different “fields in life” till the achievement of “self-knowledge” which helps him to be in accord with the world outside him (4).
The novel is set in Victorian-era England, and the representation of women throughout the story is reflected as such. Although the women are stereotypically Victorian, they are also depicted in very masculine and dominating ways as seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Pip.
Pip visits the eccentric Miss Havisham and her adopted child Estella for the first time in chapter eight. In chapter 29, as an adult, he makes yet another visit to the estate. Dickens sets up the chapters scene by scene: both entail Pip's arrival to the estate, his wanderings inside Miss Havisham's home, his encounter with Estella (and therefore his perception of her), and his concluding thoughts in each chapter.
In fact, these has been the struggle of Pip along the story when he tries to become a gentleman by educating himself and earning money through his talent since during that period the social stratification was deeply pronounced. There was almost no middle-class then, it is either you are poor or you are wealthy.
The exact minute, twenty to nine, the exact minute that daylight had stopped its course at her doorstep forever. She remembered opening that letter, her heart; it worked then, her heart, beating fast at the unexpected thing, why now? She had wondered, why
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“His name is Pip as well. For your sake,” Joe said in the other corner of the porch, puffing smoke from his pipe. “We are hoping he will grow up like you, well, you’re the only boy I
This paper examines if Havisham is responsible for her own misery or if a reader will sympathise with her feelings, self-pity, and her desire for revenge.
I feel that Havisham is responsible for her own miseries somehow. The poem starts with the words “beloved sweetheart
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