Thursday, 29 June 2017

Havisham - Questions


Here are some questions to do with this months book club. There may be spoilers in these questions so please be aware of this.

•     Havisham belongs to a literary legacy of books that seek to expand on key characters from classic works of literature, like Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. How would it be a different experience, now that you’ve read this book, to return to Great Expectations?
•     Though Catherine had the business acumen to be a success in today’s world, in her time that might not have been the case. Was Catherine, as a woman, doomed by her times not to be independently prosperous, or was her collapse solely caused by her heartbreak?
•     How do you think Miss Havisham would be treated by society at large these days, in light of her disturbed mental state? Would she, for example, be diagnosed as an agoraphobic and treated accordingly? Are we more enlightened about mental issues in the 21st century?