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GREAT EXPECTATIONS Theme Of the major themes from Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations to be discussed as to their importance concerning its structure I have selected Love in the context of human relationships Isolation and finally Redemption The loneliness isolation brings can only be redeemed by the loving associate of our fellow man this is a two way thing Had grown diseased as all minds do and must and will that reverse the appointed order of their maker In isolation the greatest sin we commit against ourselves and others is to shun human companionship as Miss Haversham did After her betrayal in love she hardened her heart towards her fellow man By hardening her heart and suppressing her naturally affectionate nature she committed a crime against herself Miss Havershams love for Compeyson is of a compassionate kind this blinded her to his true nature as Herbert remarked too haughty and too much in love to be advised by anyone At Compeysons desertion her anger and sorrow became extreme and she threw herself and Satis House into perpetual mourning and a monument to her broken heart shutting the world out and herself from the world Her only concession is in her adoption of Estella Miss Haversham has ulterior motives in adopting Estella this is not a loving action on her part but a calculated manoeuvre to turn the child into a haughty heartless instrument of revenge against men Estella is encouraged to practice her disdain on Pip and to break his heart Paradoxically Miss Havershams greatest sin is against herself By hardening her heart she loses her generous affectionate nature and becomes withered inside emotionally Her punishment is that the heartless young woman she has made uses her lack of feelings against Miss Haversham Estella herself is isolated as for most of the novel she takes pleasure in her role of avenger Her isolation is in part responsible for Pips
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