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Comparing Chapter 1 of Great Expectations where Pip first meets the convict, with Chapter 39 where the convict returns.

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PROSE ASSIGNMENT: GREAT EXPECTATIONS In this assignment I will be comparing Chapter 1 of Great Expectations where Pip first meets the convict, with Chapter 39 where the convict returns. Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations in 1860-1861 when he was in London. It is set in the mid nineteenth century, in Kent, and London. The basic plot of Great Expectations is: Pip, a young orphan living with his sister and her husband in the marshes of Kent, sits in a cemetery one evening looking at his parents' tombstones. Suddenly, an escaped convict springs up from behind a tombstone, grabs Pip, and orders him to bring him food and a file for his leg irons. Pip obeys, but the fearsome convict is soon captured anyway. The convict protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the items himself. One day his uncle takes him to Miss Havishams house to play. A few years later he is apprenticed to his sisters husband. One-day pip is told that he is to live in London and has great expectations thanks to a secret friend. A couple of years after this the convict comes back to pip and tells him that he is the person that has been supplying all the money to him and that ever since Pip help him he promised himself that he would make Pip a gentleman. ...read more.

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Whereas in chapter 39 we are taken to Pips new house "near the river" in London, it is a very horrible night it is raining very hard and a storm is picking up. The streets are covered in mud. The wind was stripping roofs of their lead and tiles; it had been like it for a few days. "It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets. Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an Eternity of cloud and wind. So furious had been the gusts, that high buildings in town had had the lead stripped off their roofs". Also trees had been torn up and windmills had their sails stripped off. Outside was not a good place to be. Pip is in his living room reading and the smoke from the fire is being blown back into the room because of the wind. "Occasionally, the smoke came rolling down the chimney as though it could not bear to go out into such a night" I will now compare the presentation of the two chapters: In chapter 1 we see Pip as a young boy he is in the graveyard at his parents gravestone crying. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that Dickens wanted us to believe that there are two types of gentleman the kind Pip believes he will become before he goes to London and then there's the kind of gentleman that Pip turns into. Pips first impressions of a gentleman are someone with wealth, "breeding", education, and social status. This idea soon changes when Pip gets to London. He tries to be a gentleman when he reaches London but soon realises that he has a lot to learn and soon he starts to hate his past, the way he was brought up. After time he begins to hate Joe and the way he makes his living, but when Magwitch tells him who gave the order for him to become a gentleman, he starts to think about himself and what he has become. Then he remembers where his roots are, and who his family are. This is when he realises there's two types of gentleman the good type that he wanted to become and the bad type the one he has become. Only when he helps to save Magwitchs life by putting his own in danger he becomes a true gentleman. Also I think Dickens wanted us to remember where are roots are and who our true family and friends, by the time we had finished reading the book. Robert Foster Prose Assignment: Great Expectations Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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