HOW SUCCESSFUL IS DICKENS IN HIS PRESENTATION OF FEMALE CHARACTERS?: Essay Topics

English_Master February 26, 2016 No Comments
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS DICKENS IN HIS PRESENTATION OF FEMALE CHARACTERS? There are many female characters in Great Expectations, but most of them are quite incidental and of no great signifi­cance to the plot. Some of them however are essential to the story and play a large part in the plot. Miss Havisham, com­bined with Estella are the people who are the ‘snobby’ influ­ence in Pips life, they seem to become desirable characters to Pip after he meets them for the first time at Satis house. Their values do battle with his own at the end of chapter 9; the values that Miss Havisham and Estella have introduced to him, and Joe’s humanistic values that he has grown up with. Questions have been raised over whether Miss Havisham and Estellas are believable as actual characters. Miss Havisham can be described as over-dramatized as a decaying part of a decaying house where time has been suspended. She is calculated and spiteful almost to unrealistic odds. There is also a hint of witchery in her character, evident in chapter 29 where she tells Pip to love Estella; “if she tears your heart to pieces -and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!’…...
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