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 agreat match. In contrast, when the reader first meets her she is afrightful old woman who cares about nothing but herself. She isdetermined to live her life in self-pity and seek revenge on all men.In the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Miss Havisham isestablished as a cruel and bitter old woman trapped in the past,nearly a century ago, when she was abandoned on her wedding day, andis now raising an adopted daughter to seek revenge on all men bybreaking their hearts however, near the end of the novel when sheconverses with Pip about his love for her daughter over the years, itis evident to her after that she has made a dreadful mistake andchanges most drastically before she dies.
“I had heard of Miss Havisham up town-everybody for miles round hadheard of Miss Havisham up town as an immensely rich and grim lady wholived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers and led alife of seclusion.” Even before meeting Miss. Havisham the reader isintroduced to her and has an idea of what she is all about. Anyone wholives secluded from society for years is going to be consideredeccentric. The town perceptibly gossips about her since everyone hasheard of her. The first time Dickens has the reader meet Miss.Havisham is through Pip. The young boy is told to go visit her andplay and as he sees the house he describes it in bleak detail. As heis led to Miss. Havisham through the dark halls by her daughter,Estella, the tone of the house is set. There are cobwebs, antiquefurniture, and clocks all stopped at twenty minutes to nine. FinallyMiss. Havisham is introduced. She is seen in her once white, nowyellow, wedding dress. All of this description, the old house, theclocks, the wedding dress, explains how Miss. Havisham was left on herwedding day many years ago and that was when her life stopped. Sheeven says as Pip is leaving, “There, there! I know nothing of days ofthe week; I know nothing of weeks of the year. Come again after sixdays. You hear?” Dickens creates the house and Miss. Havisham as aunity. The condition and aspect of the house shows the gloom in hermind. The way the house is dark is just fuel for her desire to seek