Putting Miss Havisham and Satis House into Context
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In ‘Great Expectations’, Charles Dickens presents us with a wasting, declining country house. Satis House is described as “a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers”, and within its walls Miss Havisham lives in self-imposed exile and seclusion.
Here, Dr Amber Regis is at Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire where English Heritage has preserved the peeling wallpaper and water damage in the Boat Bedroom. Here she considers the broader social anxieties that underpin Dickens’s portrayal of Satis House and Miss Havisham, and she discusses the novel’s complex narrative perspective.