• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analysis of Chapter 14 Great Expectations.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Great Expectations Analysis

    Instead of regarding him as a sadistic, malevolent fiend, I began to feel compassion for this prospective adversary through Dickens' adept depiction. The representation is saturated with negative passive verbs such as: '...broken shoes...been soaked in water...smothered in mud and lamed by stones and cut by flints and stung by nettles and torn by briars'.

  2. Great Expectations Chapter One analysis

    We sympathise for Magwitch as he was an orphan, just like Pip, and was in poverty throughout his life. We know this when Magwitch describes his life as "Tramping, begging, thieving, working sometimes" pointing towards being poor and as a result of poverty he was "In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail..."

  1. Charles Dickens Analysis

    Another way the convict makes Pip scared is by the way he speaks to him, he talks to Pip in an aggressive way and threatens him with death. "Hold your noise! ... Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat".

  2. Great Expectations: a thematic analysis

    Dickens also refers to Pip to comment on society, about the poverty of the people 'they was nothing in them but a piece of bread. However Dickens demonstrate that even a bit of bread is valuable to the people 'he ate the bread ravenously' Magwitch's use of physical aggression 'he

  1. I am going to base my coursework on question 14 on what Dickens thought ...

    "that I shall never forget you". Joe really means something to Pip at the beginning. I think the politeness of Joe was a good influence for Pip to have around him. But when he left for London, things changed. Pip receives a letter from Biddy, telling him that Joe is coming to visit him.

  2. Great Expectations - character analysis

    One of them is because he frightened Pip. "...I'll cut your throat", something else that makes him seem so scary is the scenery, he is in a churchyard when Pip meets Magwitch, and Pip feels threatened. Magwitch later pays for Pip to become a perfect gentleman. Miss Havisham makes Pip feel embarrassed because she says, "I sometimes have

  1. Great Expectations analysis of chapter 1 and 5

    It is the same convict that Pip helped as a boy. The convict has dedicated his life to making Pip a gentleman, using the fortune he has accumulated in Australia. Magwitch is 'a lifer', and if he is caught in England, he will be executed.

  2. Literary Analysis of Great Expectations

    Ironically, Estella and Pip meet in London where they acquaint themselves again. The only reason that Pip wanted to become a gentleman was to win Estella's heart. All throughout the novel Estella gives Pip warnings that she can never love him because of the way she was raised.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work