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Compare Chapter One Of Great Expectations, In Which Pip First Meets The Convict, With Chapter Thirty Nine, When The Convict Returns.

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Compare Chapter One Of Great Expectations, In Which Pip First Meets The Convict, With Chapter Thirty Nine, When The Convict Returns. This essay will explore the comparisons from chapter one of Great Expectations to chapter 39, and considers the comparison of their circumstances, settings, characters and Dickens view on society at the time. The circumstances in which Pip and the convict find themselves changes a good deal from chapter 1 to chapter 39. In chapter 1 when they first meet the convict has absolute control over an innocent little Pip who just tries to help, part out of fear for the convict's invention of a stranger, and part because he is just a very polite young boy. Pip has had a horrible bleak upbringing because of his parents and all siblings bar Mrs Joe Gargery have died, who is his last sister who beats him for silly little things like being out by himself and often she beats him and Joe Gargery. They are also quite poor as Mr. Gargery is the village blacksmith a poor job at the time. The convict is in a much worse state having swam from the hulks and got to the marshes he would have been starving and be cold as he would only have prison clothes on which were thin. ...read more.

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So furious had been the gusts, that high buildings in town had had the lead stripped off their roofs; and in the country, trees had been torn up, and sails of windmills carried away; and gloomy accounts had come in from the coast, of shipwreck and death." and is worse but still represents the weather in chapter 1. The scenery is quite different in chapter 1 it is a bleak land covered in marshes and is dirty and cold near the sea described as "a fearsome lair" this shows how nasty the land sounds and the hulks unknown to pip are nearby these make it a dangerous and almost evil place of bleakness. However the house still has a homely feel to it for pip. In chapter 39 the place is a rich part of London near the Thames it has a grand state and is very upper class but for pip it has not got a homely feel to it and was fairly miserable without Mr Pocket "I was alone, and had a dull sense of being alone." The weather makes it seem all the lonelier. The fact that he is only there for his false love of Estella. The presentation of pip and the convict are completely different in chapter 1 pip is dressed in a working class persons attire and the convict is dressed: "all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. ...read more.

Conclusion

The convict, who in chapter 1 is seen as desperate and evil then in 39 as lonely sad and being hunted, makes the criminal system seem incredibly unfair as he has served his time and although not allowed back to England he came to try to help pip. Pip who in chapter 1 is the kind lower class boy who is kind and forgiving even towards a convict who throws him about, but in 39 when he has become a supposed gentleman he has become so much of a snob with his money that he is prepared to put down Joe Gargery and the convict because they are of the wrong class ""Stay!" said I. "Keep off! If you are grateful to me for what I did when I was a little child, I hope you have shown your gratitude by mending your way of life. If you have come here to thank me, it was not necessary. Still, however you have found me out, there must be something good in the feeling that has brought you here, and I will not repulse you; but surely you must understand that - I". Dickens centres on this as he seems to think that the void in society is unacceptable, he also believes that pip when he changes to help the convict that it is acceptable for change in the upper classes. ...read more.

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