"Great Expectations" Analytical Essay by DANJANOU

"Great Expectations"
An examination the importance of mist and fog in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations".
# 25897 | 1,144 words | 1 source | 2000 | CA
Published on May 02, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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One of the most important and prevalent aspects throughout Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" is the imagery of fog and mist. The idea has manifestations throughout the novel and is a key factor in the development of its theme. This paper examines some of the major aspects of this idea and notes their relevance to the novel.

From the Paper:

"The image invoked of Satis House and of Jaggers is similar in nature to the descriptions of the marshes and the London noted earlier. Their dismal dark and sinister appearance could easily be likened to a fog or mist that enshrouds one, blocking out everything else. This form of prison serves to restrain one's actions physically and/or mentally; much in the same manner as a heavy fog constrains one's actions, movements and perceptions through the inability to ascertain exactly what surrounds one. This is exactly related to this idea of Pip's life as a journey permanently enshrouded in fog."

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