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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 Chapter one and thirty-nine are linked in various ways. The chapters are linked through the weather, the characters, and the changes in the characters, Charles Dickens message to his readers, and life in the nineteenth century. In chapter one I felt sorry for Pip because he is scared and he feels as though he is being threatened. Although the convict is bigger then Pip and the reader sees him as a bully, we are given gentle hints of the pain he has gone through. He is described as 'soaked', 'lamed' and 'cut'. We are also told that he 'limped' and 'shivered' which tells us that he must be going through some pain. Pip is scared because he doesn't know the convict and therefore he fears the unknown. He is also young and vulnerable. Along with not knowing the convict the appearance of the convict is horrific. ...read more.

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'Tell us your name?' and 'where do you live!' an example of only a few examples of these questions. These questions give him control and allow him to be dominant and in control of the conversation. In chapter thirty-nine things turn around. It is Pip, who has now become a gentleman, asking the questions. The convict has become much more respectable. He now wears a hat, which was expected of gentlemen in the ninetieth century. His language is still poor but the tone of his voice is much more respectable. This shows that he has changed, from being evil to good. This transformation would've appealed to the Victorian readers because of the huge difference in social class and now they have both seemed to have gone up a step. He is also more humble towards Pip because he realises that Pip is now more socially advanced and therefore is higher up then him. This also shows that Dickens didn't like criminals being shipped off to Australia. ...read more.

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Dickens uses the wind as a metaphor in both chapters. He is crating a sense of foreboding. This symbolizes the return of the convict. Along with the wing a similar chilling setting has been used. In the first chapter they met in the graveyard whereas in this one they meet in a thunderstorm again when Pip is alone. This creates a mysterious effect. The line 'like discharges of a cannon' echoes the sound of the gunships when the convict first escaped from the ship. This makes the reader think that the convict is returning. In these two chapters Dickens has given a clear message to the readers that criminals can change and they deserve to be given a second chance and not to be shipped off to Australia. This book also shows us the difference in class back then and how people of different class could not get along. Dickens really criticised the society in the 19th century especially the government and was made it know that he did not believe convicts should be deported to Australia. ?? ?? ?? ?? Navjit Singh Sohal 11B English Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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