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GREAT EXPECTATIONS The major themes from Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations are discussed to their importance in life while concerning their structureOut of these many themes I have chosen love in the context of human relationships isolation and finally redemption While in the state of isolation the loneliness that you bring upon yourself can only be redeemed by the opposite sex The greatest sin we can commit against ourselves and others while in the state of isolation is by shunning the human companionship as the old lady Miss Haversham had already doneAfter Compeysonher fianc left her standing at the alter Miss Haversham felt she had been betrayed in love and hardened her heart towards manBy hardening her heart and suppressing her naturally affectionate natureshe committed a crime against herselfMiss Havershams love for Compeyson was one of the compassionate kind that blinded her from his true natureAt Compeysons desertion her anger and sorrow became extreme and she threw herself into perpetual mourningThe Satis House was a monument to her broken heartIt shutting the world out and herself from the world Her only concession was now in her adoption of Estella In adopting Estella Miss Haversham has some hidden motives to turn the child into a haughtyheartless instrument of revenge against menEstella is encouraged to practice her disdain on the garden boy Pip and to break his poor heart Unfortunatelythe only one being affected by this scheme is Miss Haversham herselfShe has lost her generosity and has become withered inside emotionallyMiss Haversham only punishment is that the heartless young woman she has created will use her lack of feelings against her For most of the novel Estella takes pleasure in her role of avenger but Estella herself is isolatedShe is partly responsible for Pips estrangement and snobbery to Joe and BiddyLike Miss Haversham Estella becomes a victim of her own plansShe gets involved with a loveless marriage to Drummlewho is cruel to herThe use of revenge
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