English Prose Study Essay

Miss Havisham is first introduced to the reader when Mr Pumblechook
(Pips Uncle) announces that Miss Havisham Requests Pips presence to
play at her house.

Miss Havisham fits into the main plot because she trains Estella to “
break their hearts.” When Pip sees Estella for the fist time, he
instantly falls in love with her. Miss Havisham sees this and she
encourages Pip to do so. Miss Havisham was also, in Pips eyes, the
cause of his ‘Great expectations’ Miss Havisham may also have been
placed in the novel by Dickens, To explore how the effects of bad
experiences on people. In this case it would be Miss Havisham being
jilted on her wedding day

In the first description of Satis house you get the image of a
dilapidated house that has been abandoned even though there is someone
there still living there. When pip goes to miss Havishams house she
asks him to touch her heart. This according to her is ‘Broken.’ When
Miss Havisham says ‘I sometimes have sick fancies’ this shows that
Miss Havisham is mentally disturbed in the head. Satis house is an old
decaying house, which was turned this way by Miss Havishams neglect.
When Pip returns to miss Havishams she takes him into her wedding
breakfast room. There is a rotting cake in the middle of the table.
This sums up Miss Havishams life perfectly. Forgotten and Mouldy.
Another thing that is made out to be strange is that al the clocks
have been stopped at twenty to nine. This makes it sound like her life
has been frozen in time, as she also wore one shoe, half her veil was
arranged and she still wore a decaying wedding dress. This makes the
readers believe that she has frozen time at that exact point.

Miss Havisham plays an important part in the Novel as she leads pip
into believing that she was his benefactor because he believed that
she was rearing him for Estella when in fact it was the convict
(Magwitch). Miss Havishams character at the beginning of the novel is
made out to be cruel and heartless, however later on in the novel she
turns over a new leaf and begs for Pip’s forgiveness just before she
is burnt to death.

Charles Dickens explores the theme of sin and forgiveness in the
novel. Throughout the novel some of the people who have sinned tried
to redeem themselves the other people who have sinned haven’t. In
addition, Dickens explores the theme of what is a gentle man. Compyson
Who jilted Miss Havisham and manipulated Magwitch into doing his dirty
work was considered a gentle man whereas Joe Gargery took in pip even
though he was not related to him in any way took Pip in and gave him
an aprentaship at the forge was not considered a gentle man because he
had to work for a living.

Dickens explores many themes in the Novel. The main one being the
effects on people after a bad experience. In this case this is through
Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham dearly loved Compyson and she cast away
most of her family who forewarned her that he was trouble, But she
ignored them all and when she got jilted by him on her wedding day she
realised that her family were right. After this Miss Havisham adopted
Estella so she could raise her up to be invulnerable to the effects of
society were in actual fact she was more vulnerable when she grew up.
Miss Havisham also raised her up to ‘break there heart’ of men. This
in a way is revenge for what Compyson put Miss Havisham Through.

Another theme in the novel is sin and forgiveness. In Victorian
society many people went to church so many people believed in Heaven
and Hell. Throughout the novel many people sin. Magwitch, Compyson,
Miss Havisham Orlick and many more. Some of these people try to redeem
themselves like Magwitch who became a secret benefactor to Pip.

‘I sleep rough so you can sleep smooth’ also Miss Havisham realises
that that she has destroyed two people’s lives. She tries to redeem
herself by grovelling to Pip. ‘Oh what have I done’ she also explains
what she did to