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Charles Dickens is famous for his unforgettable characters. Some of his most renowned characters are to be found in 'Great Expectations' a truly classic novel.

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Connor Witherington 10T - Mrs Stephens. G.c.s.e Coursework - Great Expectations Charles Dickens is famous for his unforgettable characters. Some of his most renowned characters are to be found in 'Great Expectations' a truly classic novel. Pip is a genuinely nice character. His mother and father, and this is what it says on his fathers gravestone "Georgina wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias and Roger, were also dead and buried." This immediately makes the reader feel sympathy towards Pip because it is very traumatic to lose one family member let alone seven! So he was left with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery, who is married to Joe Gargery a blacksmith. She raised him 'by hand' to keep him in order. She thinks that Pip owes her for all that she's done for him. She is very sarcastic and vindictive, but Joe Gargery is a very quiet, kind man who loves and cares for Pip like his own son. ...read more.

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She adopted a young girl called Estella and had evil plans to mould her into her own image having the same hatred and bitterness towards males. Miss Havisham successfully twists Estellas mind, this is shown to the reader when Estella say's "With this boy! Why, he is a common labouring boy!" This shows that she has become a vindictive snob. The reader cant help but feel sorry for Estella, because she never had a choice in her personality. She wasn't allowed to socialise, so she did not have the chance to gain friends or craft her own personality. Miss Havisham and Mrs Joe Gargery are similar kinds of women. They are both strong determined women and they both have a dislike of the male sex. Pip meets Magwitch for the first time in a graveyard where he is observing his families graves. It's dusk, and a graveyard is a scary place in daylight let alone after dark. This makes the reader feel sympathetic towards Pip because he is a child in a dark, lonesome graveyard all alone or so he thinks. ...read more.

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Pip speaks to Miss Havisham with the utmost respect and politeness, perhaps out of fear. This is shown when he addresses her as ma'am. Dickens varies his use of sentences. He uses compound sentences when he is setting the scene. An example of this the sentence that opens the book. "My fathers family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip." When he is building tension, he uses smaller sentences to give a short, sharp, jolt in the readers mind. An example of this is when Pip and Magwitch are in the graveyard and Magwitch says "you get me a file." He tilted me again. "And you get me wittles." He tilted me again. "you bring em both to me." He tilted me again. "Or I'll have your heart and liver out." He tilted me again. Charles Dickens is a wonderful story teller. He made social comment about the times he lived. He not only delivers gripping action but in his tales there are subtle morals. He really seems to understand human nature and all its many characteristics. ...read more.

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