Great Expectations has been one of Dickens’s novels with most adaptations, being on cinema or television. This novel presents one of the most cinematographic characters, Miss Havisham, who is eccentric in both her appearance and behaviour. An event from her past traumatised her and makes her a unique complex character. Adapting Miss Havisham to the screen is therefore very interesting, as well as complicated. In this essay, three interpretations of Miss Havisham will be taken into account, David Lean’s with Martita Hunt, BBC’s mini series with Gillian Anderson and Mike Newell’s with Helena Bonham Carter. These three interpretations are all different and they contribute to different aspects of this character. However, they all lack some characteristics …show more content…
Martita Hunt stands out as a result of the cinematographic elements associated with her. She is usually sat when she appears on screen, and in numerous scenes she is not facing the camera, or only a part of her face is visible, which makes her a mysterious figure. When her face is visible, she stands out by the use of back light showing her as the central point of the shot. Miss Havisham is then shown as one of the central characters of the film. As already mentioned, one of the best attributes of Helena Bonham Carter’s performance is the humanisation of Miss Havisham represented through her acting. She shows different emotions of Miss Havisham, therefore contrasting with other performances that only show a deathly serious character. Thus it is possible for the spectator to understand the complexity of her character, and not seen her only as a mad evil ‘creature’. The scene with little Estella at two coming to Satis House emphasises even more that aspect in Miss Havisham, and plays a key role in this film. Gillian Anderson’s performance can be considered particularly original because she gives Miss Havisham a child-like aspect, with a little girl’s voice. This is perhaps at first unlike what one would imagine, but quickly becomes believable, specially because she was left by Compeyson at a quite young age and therefore she maintained her childish personality, also seen in her will to punish people so she is not the only person suffering. This new feature also helps the spectator pity Miss
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While J. K. Rowling has described herself as a Christian many times, she has often emphasized that she did not write the books with the purpose to promote her faith. “I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity. I wasn’t trying to do what C. S. Lewis did. It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it’s perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God” (Gibbs, 2007).
Stereotypes in artwork can either be perpetuated or challenged depending upon how the artist presents the material. Sometimes this is clear, as in The Liberation of Aunt Jemima where the artist deliberately uses different representations through time to illustrate the deconstruction of a racist stereotype. However, art can sometimes be quite extraordinary in that the waters are never clear; is a particular piece perpetuating a stereotype or challenging it?
Have you ever heard an ugly rumor about someone? What about the person telling you the rumor did they have good character? In Shirley Jackson’s story “The Possibility of Evil” Miss Strangeworth is a seventy-one year old woman that lived on Pleasant Street. Miss Strangeworth’s character can be analyzed by what she does, what the narrator say about her and how other characters interact with her. Miss strangeworth’s words and actions helped shape her character.
All of these Character had obstacles in their way to get to their goal. They all went through different problems, but they all dealt with it in different ways and dealt with it in the way they
Jane Howard uses many credible sources in order to establish herself as a credible author, or ethos. She states in paragraph three, “Wishing to be friends, as Aristotle wrote, is a quick work, but friendship is a slowly ripening fruit.” Howard decides to use a well-known ancient Greek philosopher to help further understand and acknowledge that she has deep understanding of the subject. She also refers to “the Bangwa of the Cameroons,” an African tribe that began during the 17th century, which consisted of large number of closely related people. As well as creating herself as being a credible person, Howard grabs the emotion, through the use of pathos, of her readers, such as in paragraph 6, when she states, “This saddens me, as it may them
Inviting readers into the lives of the characters in different ways, both leaving the reader quite engaged, and entertained. The focalization in Mrs Dalloway allows the reader the liberty of getting into the heads of various people and get an in-depth exploration of the main characters, answering most of the questions that may arise in the readers’ mind as s/he reads. Seeing characters through their own eyes as well as the eyes of those around them, whereas Great Expectations keeps the reader inside Pip, looking out into the world around him. Seeing the world and the people around him as he sees them, the reader could potentially be left with many unanswered questions, engaging his/her
Her knitting is an unalterable chronicle, a grim history which records the past in a mysterious female language that only she and her sister-knitters can decipher. It forms an analogue for omniscient narration in the novel, contrasting with Dickens 's apparently more fluid and sympathetic handling of history. The knitted register produces a shock in its implicit linkage of images and emotions normally opposed in Victorian middle-class
Madison Montgomery, a young witch that wanted to brought someone back from the dead as way of pardon. She used a resurrection spell that cast the devil. So it’s good her intention, but it’s good to recur to that kind of magic? Also shows cases of bestiality which is a taboo these days and is considered something very evil. Myrtle Snow is another excellent character to show how the film make evil look good.
Reflective Essay 1 - “Repent, Harlequin!” Harlan Ellison, like many writers, uses references from movies, books, and popular culture to enrich their works. This collection of works that is referenced is called the “megatext.” The science fiction “megatext” includes numerous works of science fiction, whether music, books or movies. Harlan Ellison’s “Repent, Harlequin!
English 348 Mid-Term Exam: Domesticity and the Gothic in Jane Eyre and Bleak House In Brontë’s novel, dreams and uncanny doubles reflect Jane’s frustration with her imprisonment as well as her subconscious feminist desires. Dickens, by applying traditional Gothic concepts to both modern and domestic settings, paints a scathing picture of the disorder, hypocrisy, and indifference of Victorian England. These works acknowledge that very real threats exist within seemingly secure settings, and use Gothic elements to both reinforce and challenge the validity of the moral attitudes and behaviors illustrated within them. It is ultimately suggested that a balance between emotion and logic is necessary to gain the most accurate version of the truth,
Cheyenne Bair Crushed Expectations I have read many books over my short life, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. Well, maybe not all of them. There is one book, in fact, that I greatly disliked reading and even viewed it as a waste of time. The book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is this very book that holds an infamous place in my heart. Although the book was not entirely bad, the sections that I disliked were incredibly dull and pointless.
Charles Dickens is a superb author that has endured the test of time; his works are worthy to read due to his superior writing techniques, historical information and moral lessons. Dickens’ works are written during the Victorian Era in England and he gives a unique, bold view into this period, discussing the discrepancy of wealth affecting daily life. With the misconception circulating in current day students that watching the movie is equivalent to reading the novel, it is extremely important to disband that information by exploring the characters and plot development Dickens has mastered. Characters are vital reasons why Dickens’ Novels should be read because they hold various personality types, which will assist you, further understand yourself
Her voluminous costume also makes the Wicked Witch seem larger and more frightening than she is. Seeing these two characters in two very different costumes before they even speak a word helps the viewers to already get a feel for who they are and what is maybe to
For Dickens , home represents the basis of one's humanity and he strives to share his readers' domestic intimacy and to experience their holiday spirit . But in a sense this involvement with the reader seems to be Victorian tendency . Novels have been " written by the middle class , of the middle class , and for the middle class ."9 In reflecting their own society , Victorian novelists have tried to make their novels as real as the world of their readers , not only in the choice of settings but also in depicting the characters' values and aspirations and in diagnosing the insufficiencies and acts of injustice that breed incoherence and fragmentation in their society . These factors , generally speaking , underline the main literary