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CLIP 11001

'Great Expectations' - Pip confronts Miss Havisham

'Great Expectations' - Pip confronts Miss Havisham
Key Info
  • 'Great Expectations' - Pip confronts Miss Havisham
  • Duration: 04:58
  • From the 1999 adaptation of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. Pip visits a deteriorating Miss Havisham to question her about Estella and her upbringing. Pip is clearly a changed man and the roles have noticeably reversed between these two characters. He confronts Miss Havisham using powerful language and explains Estella's current predicament, which ironically reflects that of Miss Havisham. Clearly distressed by this news, Miss Havisham sets fire to herself and her crumbling mansion.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Pre 1900: United Kingdom

  • Keywords: Pip, Havisham, Estella, Dickens, Great Expectations, fire, language, setting, texts
Ideas for use in class
  • In conjuction with the study of 'Great Expectations'. Use as an analysis of character, either Pip or Miss Havisham. Study the relationship between Pip and Miss Havisham With an analysis of language and of setting. Could work well with clips 10999, 11000, 10996, 10998 and 10997.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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