Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Essay example

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People treasure their houses and most often houses become homes filled with

love. This makes it very difficult to leave their houses in which they have lived all their life. This happens to the elderly a lot when they can no longer take care of themselves and are forced to leave their homes and move to a nursing home. Houses can represent the family who lives in the house. If the house is poorly taken care of then the people poorly take care of themselves. If the house is beautiful with lovely blossoming gardens then they are compassionate loving people. Unless of course they hire someone to take care of the garden. Then they just appear to be loving, compassionate people. Really they are paying someone else to do the hard work to
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She does not want any goodness to come near her. The clocks are even stopped at twenty minutes till nine which represents the time she ended her social healthy life and was drawn into a life of seclusion and lonelines. "In turning her back on time and the light of the sun Mrs. Havisham is rejecting life and nature." (Susksmith 210) Mrs. Havisham does not want goodness or at least she does not want people too see her eating. Food is a way to stay healthy and that is why Mrs. Havisham does not want anyone to see her eating food "Miss Havisham’s rejection of ordinary public meals are her attempt to shut out daylight." (Hardy 205) People have been known to use food as a substitute for love, especially recovering from a broken heart, so Mrs. Havisham could not dare let someone see her indulging in a form of love. "Meals testify to human need and dependence and distinguish false ceremony from the ceremony of love." (Vanghent 181) The room of her wedding banquet is decaying as herself decays with it. "She has worn away with the meal" (Hardy 205) The spiders feeding off the wedding cake represents how people have been using her and causing her pain by eating at her heart. "She has been gnawed by pain as the food has been gnawed by mice." (Hardy 205) Another example of Mrs. Havisham being is eaten away is when "the little quickened hearts of the mice behind the panels have

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