Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Frozen Time

"It was then I began to understand that everything in the room had stopped, like the watch and the clock, a long time ago." (pg. 58)

In this part of Great Expectations, Pip begins to notice that everything in Satis House (Havisham's manor) is “stopped." It seems to pick that everything is very static-- nothing has been moved, everything has a distinct layer of dust covering it. The house is described this way to show and symbolize that everything in Havisham's life is frozen. This point plays an important role in Dicken's novel. It foreshadows important information about Mrs. Havisham (her abandonment on her wedding day) and this information profoundly affects the lives of several characters in Great Expectations, most notably Pip and Estella.

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