The Satis House Brewery : An Analysis Essay

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The Satis House Brewery: An Analysis
Charles Dickens’ widely read Great Expectations focuses on the dawning of a modern order in which systems of power and capital in society surpass the citizens’ control. The author’s interest in criticizing the hollowness of metropolitan society manifests through his gothic descriptions of the Havisham’s Satis House. The brewery of the estate, in particular, withholds a lot more meaning than the mere conception of monetary funds. This essay explores the significance of the abandoned brewery in the Havisham estate and considers its function as a vehicle for the inception of truthfulness in the novel. Indeed, the disintegrating, fragile structure of the brewery, conjointly with the gloom and filth spread through its space, represents the void within its inhabitants and the waste of society as a whole.
As the primary means through which the Havisham family accrued its wealth, the abandoned brewery expands throughout a significant portion of the Satis House. Each time Pip enters or takes leave from the manor, he must pass through the “empty and disused” (Dickens, VIII) enclosing of the brewery. The desolation of the brewery becomes a main focal point in Great Expectations, particularly due to its parallel to Miss Havisham’s vacant essence. In the beginning of Dickens’ text, the brewery’s coldness haunts Pip: “No brewing was going on in it, and none seemed to have gone on for a long long time. (…) The cold wind seemed to blow colder there than…

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