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3 key quotes from Havisham

• “ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with.”
- the veins on the back of her hands protrude like ropes. The reference to strangling her ex lover suggests the themes of violence- the strangling of someone is a very personal murder.

•”give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon”
-the penultimate line is full of sinister undertones, she subverts our visual associations with traditional ideas of honeymoons-joy and happiness- and makes it much more menacing.

•”whole days in bed cawing Nooooo at the walls”
-the metaphor of crow-links to a theme of death as a crow can be a symbol of it.
-the onomatopoeic “nooooo” reveals her anguish after she was jilted as she recalls viewing herself in the mirror.

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3 key quotes from Anne Hathaway

•”The bed is a spinning world”
-the love that she shared with her husband was consuming and dizzying. It threw her off balance and gave her a different view on the world