Charles Dickens ' Great Execrations Essay

775 Words Jan 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Charles Dickens’s novel Great Execrations begins to move forward as Pip takes a trip into town. In chapter eight, Pip makes his first visit to Satis house where he encounters the character of Miss Havisham. A mysterious lady and the owner of the house and property, Miss Havisham embodies the characteristics of an individual whose defining moment has gone awry. The themes of her existence are the nature of bitterness due to a lack of forgiveness, the harmful effects of vengeance and hatred in one’s heart, and the results of an utter loss of hope. Throughout chapter as well as the rest of the novel, Charles Dickens demonstrates how even Satis house is not enough to fill the void created in a person’s life by these major themes. As Pip first enters the room in which he is introduced to Miss Havisham, a bizarre scene unfolds before his eyes:
She was dressed in rich materials…all of white. Her shoes were white. And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white…She had not quite finished dressing, for she had but one shoe on…her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on…(Dickens 44)
This initial description communicates the moment in which Miss Havisham gave up and lost hope. It appears as if right in the middle of wedding preparation Miss Havisham froze—just like the clocks frozen at 8:40—as her outward appearance and the display in the room reflect the numbness that Miss Havisham…

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