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Why is Miss Havisham the way she is?

Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations (1861). She is a wealthy spinster, once jilted at the altar, who insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life. However, it is indicated in the novel that her long life away from the sunlight has aged her.

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Also asked, what does Miss Havisham represent?

Miss Havisham represents innocence which was destroyed due to heartbreak. She represents all those women who were once sweet and innocent but the innocence was killed due to their dark past. The innocence and love cannot thrive together.

Also, how old was Miss Havisham when she was jilted? If Miss Havisham was twenty when she was jilted, that would make her between fifty-three and fifty-six when she first met Pip, and sixty-eight when she died. Jaggers usually appears quite old in the TV and film adaptions, but his defence of Molly was the case that made his name as a lawyer.

Consequently, why did Miss Havisham get jilted?

Before the marriage, he got her to agree to buy the brewery Arthur inherited from their father. When the day of the marriage came, Compeyson left her a letter saying that he would not be present. This scarred Miss Havisham for life; she stopped her life at the moment she received that note.

Why is Miss Havisham wearing a wedding dress?

The luxurious material of Miss Havisham's dress symbolises her great wealth. In Great Expectations, Havisham is an elderly woman who has been wearing her deteriorating gown for decades, as if frozen in time after being jilted at the altar. The Dickensian series imagined her as a young woman.

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