Miss Havisham house is very strange because, “no glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it,” this shows that the room was very dark and cold. “Prominent in it was a draped table with a gilded looking-glass. ” I think this is showing how rich she was to have a table covered by cloth and a suggestion of gold gilded mirror also suggests wealth. Dickens in Great Expectations enjoys creating a mystery with Magwitch. He leaves the audience in suspense when Magwitch tells Pip to get a few items. “He hugged his shuddering body in both arms clasping himself.
” This shows that Magwitch is very weak and cold because his body is shaking and he falls to the ground next to a gravestone. Miss Havisham is also in Dickens mystery making. “She sat corpse like as we played cards. ” I think this is a mystery because a dead person wouldn’t be able to play cards, but it suggests motionless, non-communicating bodies. The society convicts were punished harshly back in the Victorian time. Dickens shows his position against prison authorities and the convicts; they would transport and have the death penalty.
Pip, who is a gentleman, is completely the opposite of them. He has wine dinners and has a commendation in London, but there’s a twist; Magwitch is paying for Pip to be a gentleman. So therefore becoming a criminal himself. Dickens may also hate the prison system due to his father being in prison, this is probably why he shows his negativity towards the justice system in the story. In Victorian times wealth was everything, only rich families would marry each other.
We learn that Miss Havisham is very rich but doesn’t get married. This puts her into a deep hate against men. She is then treated as an outcast in society. Pip’s life is practically changed due to Magwitch and Miss Havisham. She tried to make him miserable, but she doesn’t succeed. Pip’s life is changed totally because of Magwitch. He pays for him to be a gentleman; Miss Havisham also pays for him to work for her. All in all, this entire story wouldn’t be possible without these two characters.