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Compare the characters of Magwitch and Mrs Rutter. What is revealed about them through language and setting?

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Compare the characters of Magwitch and Mrs Rutter. What is revealed about them through language and setting? In the first chapter of the novel 'great expectations' pip is walking through the graveyard to see his mother and fathers grave. Pip is approached by a dark character who turns out to be pips benefactor later in the novel. In chapter one, Magwitch threatens pip so that he can get food to survive. Later on pip gets educated by the funds of an anonymous person, who turns out to be Magwitch. ...read more.

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In Victorian England, crimes were punished harshly. The convict, Magwitch in great expectations has escaped from a prison ship on its way to Australia. One of the harshest punishments was getting sent to Australia, along with hanging. Magwitch is clearly starving, injured and has been at the mercy of the elements before he encounters and terrifies pip. It is the clever use of language that which forces us to feel sorry for this pathetic man "a man who had been soaked in water and smothered in mud," Penelope lively's 'darkness out There is set a century after dickens tale, in the 1960's. ...read more.

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It appears that Magwitch and Mrs Rutter have little in common, but we soon see the feeling of menace that each exudes. The convicts behaviour and threats to pip are obvious; Mrs Rutter's are much more subtle, as she clearly relishes telling the disbelieving helpers. The tale the young German to die for two nights "Mrs Rutter liked her lips; she looked across at them, her eyes darting." She is checking to see if the two helpers Kerry and Sandra are taking it all in, and this effects Sandra and Kerry because they start getting weary of Mrs Rutter. In both texts we are shown characters that are not as they first appear. Daniel Southall 11TT ...read more.

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