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Compare the 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and chapter eight of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Compare the 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and chapter eight of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. In your essay explore plot, characters, setting, themes, language and structure. in The texts I have studied, going to discuss and compare are 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. These texts were written in different periods of time, therefore they have differences in their outlook on life. For e.g. Great Expectations was written in the pre-20th century and includes major variations about his way of life, however The Darkness Out There was written in the 1970's and contains a younger more up to date example of text. 'The Darkness Out There' is a story of two teenage children who help out the elderly; their names are Kerry (the boy) and Sandra (the girl). These two children are about to discover during their visit how looks and stereotypical behaviour can be deceiving, towards the end of this story Sandra starts to realize how blind she has been up to now in her life and feels a possible need for a change of character. Chapter Eight of 'Great Expectations' is part of a tale of Pip's journey in life, at this point in the story he is going to meet Mrs. ...read more.


In 'The Darkness Out There' Kerry and Sandra find out a hidden story lingering in Mrs. Rutter's past, during the war a German plane had crash-landed in a close-by field. Mrs. Rutter then with her sister inspected the site and noticed one of the men still alive, however this fact held no guilt against her and she left him there to die. She told the children ' tit for tat' and 'he must have been a tough bastard' this shows that she is vengeful and even though she left that man to die she held some respect for him. This to the children and the way Kerry reacts to the story shows Sandra how ignorant she has been, it described as a new person 'She walked behind him, through a world grown unreliable, in which flowers sparkle and birds sing but everything is not as it appears, oh no.' In 'Great Expectations' Pip while in the room with Estella playing cards begins to notice how different he is towards her and how her looks in her eyes, she talked of him as 'He calls the knaves Jacks , this boy. And what coarse hands he has! And what thick boots!', Pip realizes that he is just a common laboring-boy and generally that he was in a low-lived bad way. ...read more.


The structure of this text is set with a guideline, it has an opening which takes Pip to his interview, a middle where Pip is talking to Mrs. Havisham and an end where he leaves the manor to go to his Aunt's home. 'The Darkness Out There' is set after the Second World War. It was written during the 1970's. The language it uses is based around the writers today and their styles of short snappy sentences, it uses these to keep the reader reading and not to persist for too long. The structure of the story is like 'Great Expectations' but has two differences, instead of a middle it has the visit itself and instead of an end it has a part where the two children have learnt some new interesting yet disturbing facts. To conclude even though the stories are different and are set in separate eras the story's themes show that they are linked with similar types of messages and structural similarities. The characters are connected with the way they treat each other and go about their tasks, also the language links together by the way the stories are written and how the writers talk about the character's journey. sayhat whilst this represents a progression, in the end we have come no closer to any "real" knowledge. ...read more.

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