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Analyse the opening chapter of 'Great Expectations'

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Analyse the opening chapter of 'Great Expectations' The author Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' as a series of instalments, which then put together and turned into a novel. It has been written in first person narrative, which is good because you get to know pip very well. My expectations of the opening chapter of 'Great Expectations' Where far from what I experienced when we actually read the book. It was also set in the olden days. By the end of the story I found it quite entertaining. In the first paragraph we expect to be introduced to the plot, characters and the setting. In this first chapter Pip meets the convict up on the graveyard, which is the highlight of the chapter. ...read more.


A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered and he glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin' says that to a young child we believe to be about 11 - 14 years old Pip is going to do everything he is asked to do and exactly when he says it. The first character to be introduced was Pip. In the first paragraph he introduces himself and tells us that his fathers name was 'Pirrip' and his Christian name is 'Philip' so he mixed the two names together and came up with 'Pip'. ...read more.


Where as the convict speaks commonly and ignorant 'darn me if I couldn't eat em' 'keep still you little devil, or ill cut you're throat'. The atmosphere created is scary. This is because the convict is always threatening pip and telling him as I already quoted 'you little devil, ill cut you're throat'. It is important to have a good first paragraph so that the reader wants to read more and more. The opening chapter I felt was very interesting and exiting because you meet the main characters and anything could happen in the next chapter. We don't know whether pip is going to live or die and whether the convict is going to get arrested or get away. I found that the convict is a very scary and evil man as proven by his language and tone. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sean Jones 10a ...read more.

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