Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Essay

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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

In chapter eight Dickens begins with a detailed description of Satis
House, we are given a vivid idea of what is in store for Pip right from the beginning. The language and phrases used emphasise the darkness and forbidding nature of the house. When Pip first enters the house he describes it as having, 'old bricks, and dismal, and had a great many iron bars to it. Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred'. This adds to the atmosphere of darkness, because all the 'windows had been walled up'. In addition, there is a feeling of old age and this is portrayed when Dickens talks about the windows being 'rustily barred' and how the house
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She is isolated and locked in her own house that is seen visually as a prison, but also it can be sensed emotionally. Satis
House is also enclosed, which brings us back to the idea of a prison.
We know this because it is secluded and isolated from the rest of the world, by being trapped by its 'high enclosing walls'.

The shadowy darkness of the house is constantly felt by Pip; the vision of this becomes more recognizable when Miss Havisham tells Pip she has never seen daylight. Dickens seems to create an image of a funeral and death by relating it to Miss Havisham and Satis House. One example of this is when Miss Havisham is described as 'corpse' like.
Pip sees Miss Havisham as 'the strangest lady he has ever seen' which adds to the mysterious and scary environment of the house.

Everything that is said by Miss Havisham and the presentation of herself and her house, adds to the effective description, which is related to death and darkness. When Pip describes her and says,
'Everything within my view which ought to be white, and had been white long ago, and now had lost its lustre and was faded and yellow' this brings out the dullness and darkness, and especially the old age of the character as well as surroundings. Dickens makes Miss Havisham seem dead, by relating his description of her to death, for example
'skeleton in the ashes of a rich dress that had been dug out of a vault under the church
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