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Analysis of Chapter 14 Great Expectations.

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Essay on the analysis of Chapter 14 Great Expectations Chapter fourteen is about Pip and how his views of his home have changed, due to the fact of his meeting with Miss Havisham and Estella. The first paragraph of the chapter shows the reader of Pip's shame. He is deeply unhappy that he is no longer content with his background. "It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home." Pip feels guilty about being ashamed. The second paragraph explains the good points of Pip's home life; namely Joe sanctifying the house, and the bad points; they being his sister's temper. Even, though his sister was violent, Pip believed in his home. The phrase, "I had believed..." occurs frequently throughout the second paragraph. The phrase may have been used by Dickens to emphasise to the reader that all that had once taken place in Pip's life has now ceased to be. ...read more.

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In the third paragraph, pip explains that he blame for his change cannot wholly be placed upon one person, and that the change now upon him could not be reversed, for good or bad "he change was made in me, the thing was done." The fourth paragraph talks of Pip's once admired aspirations, of how he wanted to be a blacksmith, but when he became a blacksmith, he became disenchanted, and felt as if "a thick curtain had fallen..." which had blocked any interests on Pip's past. All Pip saw when he was Joe's apprentice was, "...dull endurance... stretched out straight before me..." This shows how discontented Pip feels. Even though Pip feels discontented, he feels pleased that Joe knows nothing of his unhappiness; this is because Joe and Pip are best friends, and Pip des not want to hurt Joe deliberately. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pip lives in this constant fear, yet hopes that Estella will turn up; it contrasts the emotions of fear and hope, "...she had come at last." There is also a contrast shown in Estella's character, it is that of her aesthetic beauty, compared to her hurtful and scornful nature. The quote that shows this is, "...her pretty hair fluttering in the wind and her eyes scorning me." At the end of the chapter, Pip knows he is ungrateful for what he has, "I would feel more ashamed of home than ever, in my own ungracious breast." The way in which Dickens has written this chapter suggests that it is Pip, seeing his life, and trade, through the eyes of another social class; that of Miss. Havisham and Estella. Stuart Preece 12SJ 18th March 2003 ...read more.

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