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Compare the ways in which tension is created in these opening two sequences of 'Great Expectations'; David Leans 1946 version and Julian Jarrold's 1999 version.

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GCSE Media Coursework- Great Expectations Compare the ways in which tension is created in these opening two sequences of 'Great Expectations'; David Leans 1946 version and Julian Jarrold's 1999 version. Pip in both the 1946 and the 1999 version is seen as a young orphan boy whose parents had both died when Pip was very young. Pip is pretty much the same person in both versions, however there are some comparisons which can be made to show that the two characters do differ in some ways; in the 1946 version Pip is seen as a small innocent boy who looks about the age of eleven or maybe twelve, he speaks with a unbroken, 'squeaky' voice which makes you feel sympathy for him that he is having to deal with such a man in the convict. The only point in the 1946 version where does not look scared or 'ruffled' in any way is during the long shot which is taken in the very opening scenes of the play here you can not see his face and when the camera comes down for a medium long shot, you sort of get the feeling that the boy is up to something which he shouldn't, and you start to wonder what he is doing in such a place as the woods at that very early time in the day. It is only when the camera decides to take a medium shot of Pip and he kneels down to the grave and starts weeding it, that you realize that he is a harmless little boy. ...read more.


He has escaped from jail and is trying to hold up an image of which he is not one to be 'messed' with. He has already frightened the life out of Pip just by surprising him the way he did so, but this is not enough for the convict and he tries to install more fear by talking about his friend who has also escaped from prison with him, he makes out as if the guy is near by in the 1946 version by sneering, "There is a young man hid with me and in comparison with him, I'm an Angel!" This puts a lot of fear into Pip because he is already very scared of the first convict and while he is talking about this man, which he goes on to do, Pip is looking vigorously around the place to try and catch a glimpse of this character as if that will make it all better. However there is no mention of this extra character by the convict in the opening scenes of the 1999 version, this is probably because the convict is just much more aggressive with pip in this version the director feels that his version of the convict is so intimidating already that it is unnecessary to warn Pip about the other convict as well to make him even more frightened. In the 1946 version the convict gives a near comedy moment when he turns Pip upside down and starts shaking him, this is very rough but for some reason you do ...read more.


When he gets home we get the spinning and shaking camera effect when she is smacking him around the house. Pip has to lie about being to his parent's grave when she asks him where he has been and he says that he went to hear the carols at the church. He may have lied because his sister probably does not want him going to see them maybe because she is very upset that they have left her by herself to look after Pip and without help from her husband, who also only features in the 1999 version of the play. I feel that the convict especially in the 1946 version, only treats Pip the way he does because he desperately needs what he demands. Pip also may see him as a father figure that may have been one of the reasons why Pip treated him with so much respect and even called him back when he had the chance to get away from him when the convict thought that Pips mother was around. He has clearly been brought up to respect adults. However there is tension all the way through in the 1999 version and the convict doesn't even give Pip a chance to respect him in my opinion the 1946 version is the better one because the convict is more reasonable and I also find it more easier to feel sorry for Pip in the 1946 version too. ...read more.

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