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'Great Expectations' Coursework How does Dickens engage the reader in 'Great Expectations'? 'Great Expectations' was written by Charles Dickens in the Victorian times where gothic elements were greatly enjoyed by the readers at that time. In the Victorian age, crimes would be taken extremely seriously and any thief caught would be taken to the Hulks (prison ships). The title 'Great Expectations' gives us the idea that the novel is about the high hopes about Pip's life or future. 'Great Expectations' was serialised, where two chapters were published every week. To ensure that the readers stayed interested, Dickens used a variety of techniques and ended most chapters with cliff-hangers. One technique that Dickens uses to engage the reader in this book is the gothic setting. An example of a gothic element is found in chapter one. "Ours was the marsh country (...) I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard". ...read more.


Also with Dickens telling us that she is tall and bony and always wore an apron we get a stronger image of Mrs Joe Gargery. A further technique that Dickens uses to engage the reader in this story is the structure of how he ends each paragraph. For example at the end of chapter two, "got a file from among Joe's tools. Then I put the fastenings as I had found them, opened the door at which I had entered when I ran home last night, shut it, and ran for the misty marshes. This is a cliff-hanger because we don't want Pip to get caught stealing as he takes the things to the convict. Another example of a cliff-hanger is at the end of chapter four the chapter is ended as follows. "I ran head foremost into a party of soldiers with their muskets: one of whom held a pair of handcuffs to me, saying, 'Here you are, look sharp, come on!" ...read more.


Victorians would have found this funny but if it was written in a story at the present time the readers would think that it was harsh and child abuse. This quote also has a rhyme to it which makes it more memorable. Dickens included dialogue of all characters to engage the reader in 'Great Expectations'. In chapter 7, Mrs Joe says, "if this boy ain't grateful this night, he never will be!". Dialogue makes the novel more interesting because it adds variety to it. Dickens included both 1st person and 3rd person throughout the story. If you try to read a book written all in the 3rd person, it would be tedious. Having dialogue also teaches us more about the characters and the way they speak. From the quote we can see that Mrs Joe is speaking informally because she says "aint" which is colloquial speech for "is not". We learn more about the characters personality when dialogue is included and it also makes the novel more interesting so the reader is likely to continue reading. ?? ?? ?? ?? Osama Alqasim - 10g2 English. ...read more.

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