"Havisham" is a poem written in 1993 by Carol Ann Duffy

Duffy's poem Havisham, written in 1993, presents a monologue spoken by the voice of Miss Havisham, a character from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Jilted by a scheming fiancé, she continues to wear her wedding dress as she plots revenge on all men. Duffy starts with an oxymoron to present a contrasted view of the fiancé, describing him as a "Beloved sweetheart bastard". This contradiction in term immediately creates a sense of ambiguity as to who the narrator is referring to and suggests that she may be experiencing conflicting feelings towards the cause of her troubles. However, Havisham makes her intentions clear as she reveals that "not a day" goes by where she hasn't "wished him dead". Duffy presents this female narrator as a very violent and demonic character as she seems to resist the urge to succumb to stereotypical representations of feminine characters, who appear naïve and innocent, and instead presents a figure that is strong minded and vicious.

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Discuss how Duffy communicates this to the reader. Duffy's poem Havisham is based on the character Miss Havisham from the famous novel "Great expectations" by Charles dickens. Miss Havisham was stood up at the alter by her fianc�e, since then she has not changed out of her wedding dress and her house remains decorated ready for the wedding which never happened. "Beloved Sweetheart Bastard" In this quote, we can clearly see that Miss Havisham is angry and living in hate about her fianc�e whishing him dead. Miss Havisham is a lonely woman who now lives a life of hate towards men as one broke her heart and she cannot get over this. "Not a day since then I haven't wished him dead." This quote clearly shows Miss Havisham's hate towards this man. She wants him dead for what he did. In this poem, Duffy creates images in the readers mind as well as feelings.