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The Cruel And Bitter Miss Havisham In Great Expectations By Charles Dickens

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The Cruel and Bitter Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

At one point in the novel, Dickens tells the reader that Miss.
Havisham was a wonderful, beautiful woman and is considered to be a
great match. In contrast, when the reader first meets her she is a
frightful old woman who cares about nothing but herself. She is
determined to live her life in self-pity and seek revenge on all men.
In the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham is
established as a cruel and bitter old woman trapped in the past,
nearly a century ago, when she was abandoned on her wedding day, and
is now raising an adopted daughter to seek revenge on all men by
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All of this description, the old house, the
clocks, the wedding dress, explains how Miss. Havisham was left on her
wedding day many years ago and that was when her life stopped. She
even says as Pip is leaving, "There, there! I know nothing of days of
the week; I know nothing of weeks of the year. Come again after six
days. You hear?" Dickens creates the house and Miss. Havisham as a
unity. The condition and aspect of the house shows the gloom in her
mind. The way the house is dark is just fuel for her desire to seek
revenge on men.

When Pip finds out that she is not his benefactor he feels she owes
him something, "…as that I could hide from you, even if I desired,
that I do want something. Miss. Havisham, if you could spare the money
to do my friend Herbert a lasting service in life, but which from the
nature of the case must be done without his knowledge, I could show
you how." At first she doesn't think she owes him anything. Then,
later pip comes back to Miss. Havisham and expresses his love for
Estella, but can't have her because her heart is ice. This is when
Miss. Havisham changes. Dickens describes her plea, "…[she] dropped on
her knees at my feet; with her folded hands raised to me in the matter
in which, when her poor heart was young and fresh and whole, they must
often have been...

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