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Compare chapter 1 of great expectations in which pip first meets the convict, with chapter 39, when the convict returns

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Compare chapter 1 of great expectations in which pip first meets the convict, with chapter 39, when the convict returns. In this essay I will analyse "Great Expectations" written by Charles Dickens, I will include the two characters Pip and Magwitch, the convict, and the different circumstances in which the6y meet. I will also be interpreting Charles Dickens message that comes with the story, and showing my knowledge of life in the 19th century. The first extract tells us about a boy, Pip, who is standing in a graveyard. The text reads "the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry was Pip". This gives a picture in the reader's mind of a small young boy, who is cold and shivering and beginning to cry. In the extract we learn that Pip has be orphaned and has no family, we learn this because Dickens write "Phillip Pirrip and also Georgina wife of the ...read more.


Also this gives a picture of a man who has committed a serious crime and has done a lot of time in prison for it. The convict says to Pip "Keep still you little devil or ill cut your throat" with Pip replying "O! Don't cut my throat sir" to give the impression that this man is dark and violent, Pips reaction shows that this man could be dangerous. Dickens uses powerful language to describe the sea, "and it is described as a distance savage lair", which gives an air of suspense, creating the image of the sea being home of a savage beast that will attack anything in its territory. By using this language he indicates that Pip is in a hostile situation, which creates a picture of a savage land that it is dull and cold with no life and the setting is gloomy, and this creates atmosphere and tension. ...read more.


We know this because the first chapter is set in a dark and bleak place and chapter 39 is set in London. I have learnt about the historical context of 19th century life. Infant mortality was very high compared to deaths today. In the 19th century there was only a 50% chance of children reaching their 5th birthday, which is an enormous difference to today, with 98% of children reaching the age of 5. Prison life was also very different, the prisoners were treated cruelly and they were made to consistently wear the same clothes, and heavy iron chains were attached to their legs. Charles Dickens gives many messages throughout the novel, the main one being not to 'judge a book by its cover'. Charles Dickens expresses this by making us believe that Magwitch is a monstrous person; however we learn that the convict is a kind and generous person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sean Midgley, 11SC ...read more.

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