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Comment on the style conventions Charles Dickens uses to create the two important chapters memorable

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Comment on the style conventions Charles Dickens uses to create the two important chapters memorable Charles Dickens, born on the 7th February 1812, lived a hard life. At the age of 12, young Dickens was removed from school and sent to work in a blacking factory. He considered this to be the worst time of his life although, his childhood contributed greatly towards his literate work. He also had a great deal of compassion for the lower classes, especially children and wrote a number of novels. 'Great Expectations', a story of a young male child called Philip Pirrip (nicknamed 'Pip'), is about an orphan who has lost most of his family but is raised by his last surviving sister and her husband. The story begins in a semi-rural area in England where the reader firstly meets Pip. Pip a young but impressionable boy is visiting the graves of his dear family - father, mother, brothers and sisters he barely knew. Pip however comes face to face with an escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Although their confrontation is fierce, Magwitch has a great influence on Pip's life later. Dickens uses the surrounding settings of the opening chapter to create a bleak threatening mood. This is of a descriptive and dramatic scene, which allows an increase in the realism for the reader. Evidence of this is; '...on the authority of his tombstone.' ...read more.

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Pip is shown in a polite manner to demonstrate how different he is when he's compared to Magwitch. Dickens' first presentation of Magwitch in the first chapter is as a convict. Dickens shows this in the sentence "...a great iron on his leg." The quote describes a convict with big lock and chain on his legs. The Victorian readers would have seen this as being terrible and evil, although the modern readers wouldn't have been as harsh in their judgments, but would have seen Magwitch as being a bad person because he's a criminal and he's intimidating. Dickens presents Magwitch as a frightening man to create a difference between him and Pip. Dickens give evidence as text; "...a fearful man all in coarse grey..." This quote taken from the text describes what Magwitch looks like. It creates an image of a villain and dickens would have created him in this image to frighten the readers to in a way being more biased towards Magwitch than Pip. The Victorian readers would have seen Magwitch as pure evil because of his inappropriate dressing. The modern readers would have seen Magwitch differently because of differences between the Victorian and modern cultures. The modern readers would probably have seen Magwitch as a poor escaped convict. Magwitch's character is also presented as a violent cruel man. Dickens shows this by getting Magwitch's character to bully Pip and treat him badly. ...read more.

Conclusion

Evidence of this is; "Pip. Pip, sir." Even though Magwitch is horrible to Pip, Pip is always polite to him. Both readers would have seen Pip's behaviour as astonishing, because as Magwitch is a criminal which would be the lowest class any person could get to, not many people in the Victorian days would want to respect a person who is evil and disgraceful. Unlike Pip. Dickens uses the dialogue to show the readers how Magwitch is more of a threat to Pip than Pip is to him. Evidence of this is; "...your heart and your liver shall be torn out, roasted and ate." Dickens' use of the dialogue shows the readers that Magwitch is a threat to Pip because he may betray Pip and harm him. The readers would believe this because the would have already seen that Pip is gullible and would believe that if he helps Magwitch he wont be hurt. This leads to stereotype. Dickens comparison of stereotypical views readers have on criminals to what Pip has on Magwitch is shown in historical knowledge and Pip's view is in his dialogue; "If you would kindly please to let me keep up right, sir...." Victorian communities practically hate criminals, and wouldn't ever respect them. This is shown differently with Pip. Pip actually respects Magwitch and doesn't blame him for anything he's doing. Some of the modern readers would have seen Pips actions as wonderful although some would rather let Magwitch suffer. The readers would have seen this as forgiving and a heavenly thing to do. ...read more.

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