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In the Novel Great Expectations, there are many examples of Satire.All throughout the book Charles Dickens adds little bits of comedy/sarcasm to lighten up the mood of the storyline.In Great Expectations, although there is no set theme for satire Dickens tends to stick mainly to satirizing those who are only interested in people when it benefits them. Satire is found in many places throughout the novel Great Expectations.
Mrs. Joe is described with untypical restraint as'not a good-looking woman', and the general lack of excess in the descriptions of her role as Pip's childhood ogre make her far more realistic. When the novel's abundant sense of poetic justice sees her being incapacitated by the assault (the weapon, a discarded leg-iron, a symbol of Pip's guilt) we do not miss her as we would if she was a funnier'bad' character because she is so grimly credible. Miss Havisham goes beyond her superficial resemblance to a fairy-tale goblin to attain tragic credibility. A gross monument to the unproductiveness of money and the hollowness of expectation, she tries to block out time and nature in her home, but is ruin in the attempt. Estella has been called Dickens'sfirst credible heroine, and even as she is too passionless to be truly realistic she remains a powerful representation of the tenderness of polite society, ever more unhappy in her attempts to maintain the self-assurance that has been bred in her. She is a beautiful husk who has been reared only to be superficial and superficially admired (“Is she beautiful, graceful, well- grown? Do you admire her?” Miss Havisham asks Pip insistently, as if Estella is a prize turnip).
There is no thematic satire in Great Expectations. There are glimpses of it though.For Example the police's suspicion of Joe as his wife's attacker and the terrible village school to which Pip is sent, for example- most of the novel's spite …