Great Expectations Ch. 35I am doing a project on chapter 35 of great expectations and i need help!!! What is the satire at Mrs. Joes funeral??  

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Regarding the satire of Chapter XXXV of Great Expectations, the funeral of Mrs. Joe is a mockery of death, especially one so brutal and tragic as that of Mrs. Joe.  In a sense, this mockery parallels the life that Pip has been living as he has become a parody of what a true gentleman is by being a snob about his family and not visiting them. Pip's chains of guilt certainly rattle in this chapter as he is brought back to reality with the death of his sister, who did provide him a home.  But, he is not allowed to be the mourning brother as the fawning Pumblechook insists upon arranging his hatband and smoothing his cloak.  Pip would have liked to have been with just the family at this point, but instead Trabb and Co. have turned the funeral into a celebrity event. So, when Pip finally visits, his visit is made into a mockery.  As he, then, departs into the mists, he is yet confused about his life.

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Pip never got along with Mrs. Joe.  She abused him physically and emotionally for most of his life.  He was not sad to see her die.  He says:

IT was the first time that a grave had opened in my road of life, and the gap it made in the smooth ground was wonderful. (chapter 35)

The family and village make an attempt at a somber funeral, but to Pip everything ends up seeming like a joke.

 

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What is Pip beginning to realize in this paragraph?

"It was fine summer weather again, and as I walked along, the time when I was a little helpless creature, and my sister did not spare me, vividly returned. But they returned with a gentle tone on them, that softened even the edge of the Tickler. For now, the very breath of the beans and clover whispered to my heart that the day must come when it would be well for my memory that others walking in the sunshine should be softened as they thought of me."

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Pip never got along with Mrs. Joe.  She abused him physically and emotionally for most of his life.  He was not sad to see her die.  He says:

IT was the first time that a grave had opened in my road of life, and the gap it made in the smooth ground was wonderful. (chapter 35)

The family and village make an attempt at a somber funeral, but to Pip everything ends up seeming like a joke.

 

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