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Compare and contrast 'The Darkness Out There' and Chapter 8 from 'Great Expectations' with particular reference to the portrayal of young people.

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English Coursework - Wider Reading - Compare and contrast 'The Darkness Out There' and Chapter 8 from 'Great Expectations' with particular reference to the portrayal of young people In this essay I will compare and analyse two similar stories, Chapter 8 from 'Great Expectations' and a short story called 'The Darkness Out There'. 'Great Expectations' - Charles Dickens, is a classic novel set in Victorian England. The story portrays the childhood of a young boy called Pip and the loves and adventures that he endures throughout his life. These experiences make pointed comments about gender issues and the class system at that time. The class structure in Victorian England is studied in depth during this story. Its main topic is Pip's romance with an aristocratic girl called Estella. Their love is taken through age ranges throughout the story and as their appreciation for each other weakens, their love grows stronger. Pip and Estella meet when he visits Miss Havisham's house. She is an elderly lady who is recluse inside her own, old Mansion, day and night. During this essay I will only be studying one chapter from 'Great Expectations', chapter 8. This is the chapter when Pip and Estella meet for the first time at Miss Havisham's house. ...read more.


Kerry and Sandra have an awkward first meeting in which they get more bad impressions of each other than good. As the Chapter 8 progresses in 'Great Expectations' the relationship and opinions between Pip and Estella change somewhat. As they get to know each other's personality more they both obtain more valid opinions of each other. After Pip and Estella's first meeting they both make their way up to the house. Whilst walking, Pip asks of 2 things. He asks about the brewery at the side of the house and about what name the house is known as. 'Is that the name of this house, miss", "One of it's names, boy." By the way Estella talks to Pip he gets the impression that she thinks of herself as higher than him. This highlights the class issues at that period in time. He describes her, as being "self-possessed" and that she was very "scornful" to him. In 'The Darkness Out There' the relationship of Kerry and Sandra improves as the story wears on. Their experiences at Mrs Rutters house grows them ever stronger. After Mrs Rutter has told them of the how she left a German Soldier in the woods to die, both Kerry and Sandra walk out of her house frightened and shocked. ...read more.


This shows that Mrs Rutter has seemingly been hidden away from the world. This is very similar to Miss Havisham's situation of being shut away from the world with no one to see. She is left in a time warp in her dressing room while Mrs Rutter is fixed in her old house drowning away her sorrows with nobody to talk to. These young children seem to come as a relief to both Miss Rutter and Miss Havisham. Overall 'Great Expectations' and 'The Darkness Out There' are two stories, which have their similarities and their differences. 'Great Expectations' is a tale of a jealous and lonely woman who has been shut out from the world and craves for 1 ounce of happiness. 'The Darkness Out There' is a story of an elderly lady who wants to find joy after suffering with the guilt of leaving a man to die. Personally I think that Great Expectations shows young people and issues regarding class and gender in the way I would portray them. It basically comes down to either having a classic novel in which an old lady's struggle to find happiness is portrayed or a modern short story capturing the guilt of an old lady who left a helpless man to slowly and agonisingly perish. Havisham and Mrs Rutter and give added companionship. By Louis Haskell ...read more.

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