Chapter 8 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens - Pip Meets Miss Havisham
Pre Reading: Read the extract above and then watch the clip below....
David Lean, 1946 - Pip's Meeting with Miss Havisham
1. How does the poet convey the character’s (Havisham’s) conflicting emotions in line one?
2. What feelings are conveyed by the metaphor ‘dark green pebbles’ in stanza one?
3. How is a sense of decay created in stanza two?
4. Why does the character refer to her lover as a ‘lost body’ and a ‘male corpse’, and what is the effect of this?
5. What is the effect of the lack of punctuation in line 12?
6. Why does the poet use ‘b-b-b-breaks’ as the final word of the poem?
BASIC MODEL FOR ANSWERS
<make your point>. <give example>, <explain your choice of example>.
‘Havisham’ is a poem about lost love. ‘Love’s hate behind a white veil’, links hate and hurt with the romantic view of love that we associate with marriage and the wedding veil.