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Charles Dickens's writing techniques in Great Expectations.

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Charles Dickens's writing techniques in Great Expectations There are several techniques of writing that Charles Dickens constantly demonstrates in his novel Great Expectations. These techniques include his theme of money and social power, his eccentric characters, and his use of repetition. With out these qualities Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations would not be nearly as enjoyable. No other author in history quite compares to Dickens when it comes to his eccentric characters. Most, if not all, of Dickens characters in this novel have such peculiar way about them. The most eccentric of all the characters in this novel would undoubtedly be Miss Havisham. She is dressed in a tattered wedding dress, even though she has enough money to acquire more cloths than anyone else in that area. She refuses to keep her house up to date, and has the most bizarre ways about her. She is just one of many of Dickens uncanny characters. One of the last qualities that Dickens presents in this novel is his use of repetition. He constantly repeats words and phrases to try to get his point across. One of these phrases is used by Pip's relatives. The phrase is "brought you up by hand", which is referring to how Mrs. Joe raised Pip. The point that Dickens is trying to make is that she raised him all by her self. However, there is a little bit of humor behind this matter in the way that it can be meant another way. This way being that she beats Pip, with her hand. Another time Dickens uses this quality of writing in his novel is when Mr. Jagger's is telling Pip of all the money he just inherited. He constantly uses the phase "Your Great Expectations". In conclusion, Charles Dickens uses lots of different techniques to fulfill his novel. These techniques are his use of repetition, his eccentric characters, and his theme of money and social power. ...read more.


Even though she makes him feel awful, Pip simply feels that he cannot live without her. After Pip discovers his love for her he feels that "she is someone more beautiful that anybody ever was and he admires her dreadfully and wants to become a gentleman on her account" (129). The only problem that Pip sees is that she does not seem interested in him. Miss Havisham deliberately "throws Estella in Pip's way" and expresses her intention that he should escort her through London, although she knows that Estella does not want to go. Throughout the second stage of the novel, Pip's curiosity and affection for Estella grow, even though he is eventually heartbroken. Miss Havisham requested to see Pip, so he went to see her. Pip was really excited that she said that Estella was ready to go to London, and that if Pip fell in love with her, he would not be out of place. The only problem that arose was the fact that "although Pip saw her frequently and she treated him with friendship, she did not return his love." Pip later confesses his love to her but discovers that Estella was to marry Bentley Drummle, a person that Pip disliked: "I am glad you like him sir, but I don't" (216). After Pip found this out, he was heartbroken and depressed, because after all, Estella was his first and only love. Although Pip is at this time depressed, he is happy for her and only wants to see her be happy. Eleven years later, Pip's love for Estella was resurfaced when he met her on the site of Miss Havisham's mansion. He found out at this time that Estella's husband, Drummle, had died in a horse-riding accident and this had allowed Estella to see the good in Pip and the wrongness of her treatment of in the past. Finally, the two lovers, Pip and Estella, make plans to marry. ...read more.


Pip's affection for Estella is completely built on the fact that Pip has no way of seeing the gaping holes in Estella's personality, most prominently her inability to love or feel. Since love is blind and is decided by fate, Pip vision has been clouded. Herbert Pocket is the model friend in Great Expectations. Herbert is friends with Pip in spite of the fact that he knows Pip is conceited, money grubbing, and completely infatuated with living the high life. This even drives Herbert into debt, but Herbert says nothing. This is an example of where a person can see another's faults, but that they close their eyes to them by choice and is friends with them any ways. Magwhich and Pip's relationship is very different from the normal. They met in the past and when Pip helped Magwhich, the old man started to love him. After years and years, his secret almost fatherly love for Pip grew until he was the only thing that was important in his life. This shows that Magwhich closed his eyes to the fact the Pip did not stay humble when he became rich. When they eventually met, Pip was so changed that he was unable to close his eyes to the convict's commonness. This conveys Pip as a very low person. Later, when Pip began to except Magwhich, he was able to shut the ideas of the man's past out. Their relationship became that of a very strong friendship because they did see each other's faults but chose to ignore them. When a friendship is composed, the two parties have an unspoken agreement to except any flaws the other has. This is much more meaningful than love, because the human will is involved. The outcome of love may seem more important, but there is always the chance a lover will regain their true sight and not be able to accept your faults. In the case of friendship, there is a bond because the other is all ready at ease with your faults, and your bond can only become stronger. ...read more.

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