• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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. Pip is appalled at this but helps the convict to escape back to Australia. Before the convict escapes he is caught is put back into prison, he gets ill and dies. Before he dies he tells Pip that he has a daughter who was put up for adoption when she was a baby. Pip believes this to be Estella (who he used to play with at miss Havishams house and is in love with her). Miss havisham has died and has left her money to the pockets. Pip decides to go abroad with his friend to work. ...read more.

Middle

I get the impression people in London are much richer than the people in the country from these two chapters, the people in London have the money to buy themselves a better lifestyle. I get this impression by the way the buildings are described, and the way the there are streetlights in the streets. People in the country wouldn't have tall buildings with lead on the roofs and there wouldn't be any streetlights. 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. How effective is the opening chapter in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations? Charles Dickens was one of the outstanding writers of the 19th century. ...read more.

Conclusion

For an opening chapter to be effective it needs to have a positive effect on the reader other wise the first chapter is all that they will read. 'Great Expectations'' first chapter has been written well by Dickens. He has introduced the characters and described them well and we get a good understanding of the personalities of both Pip and Magwitch. Dickens uses different techniques to show the two different characters, with Magwitch we discover him mainly, through the medium of speech, and how he acts towards Pip. We find out about Pips character through his actions and how he reacts to Magwitchs' treatments. The atmosphere and landscape that has been described adds to the tension of the chapter and sets the scene well. Dickens has used dark, bleak colours, and has used pathetic fallacy with the wind and weather to create the sense that not everything is as it should be, and something is about to happen, this is very much similar to the opening chapter of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', where the 3 Witches meet in a derelict place in similar weather conditions. The ending of the chapter is very dramatic, Pips imagination takes over and he imagines that the man he has just spoken to is the pirate who was hung nearby, come back to life. 'The man was limping on towards this latter, as if he were the pirate come back to life, and come down, and going back to hook himself up again.' The chapter ends with questions which have been left unanswered such as 'Who was Magwitch?' 'Will Pip return with food?' 'Will he keep this meeting secret?' 'Will Magwitch kill Pip?' and so on, thus making the reader want to read on. Compared to Magwitch, Pip is only a tiny defenceless boy. He is scared by him and also by his own imagination. The reader feels sympathy towards Pip and easily understands how he must be feeling in such a situation. Overall I think that the opening chapter of this book is extremely effective, and leaves the reader with great expectations. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. How does Charles Dickens hook the reader into reading Great Expectations?

    The Victorian family may have been looking forward to the action and like the change from description to dialogue. The readers would like to discover what is coming next with the action so they will read on. We gain more interest in 'Great Expectations' when the second character is introduced particularly because he is a strange character.

  2. DISCUSS DICKENS' PRESENTATION OF PIP'S AMBITION TO BECOME A GENTLEMAN AND HOW IT AFFECTS ...

    Estella reports to him that she will be married to Drummle, Pip's enemy, and at first he is grief-stricken but then he becomes earnest and selfless (the moral qualities of a gentleman) putting her happiness before his own, and pleading with her that she marry someone worthy of her, but not Drummle.

  1. Great expectations may be read as a bildungsroman how does the first volume of ...

    This is also mirrored in the setting. It is described as being bleak, raw, savage and wild. There is a suggestion that the place is inhabited and primitive. This implies that Pip feels like this. Establishing the setting is important as it allows us to contrast it with the London setting later on in the novel.

  2. Compare and Contrast Pips Life on the Marshes to his Life in London.

    The terms which he uses to re-enforce his point are as follows: "impatiently", "disgusted", "absurd", these are angry words as he is trying to discuss his future and Biddy is not taking him seriously. Even though Biddy is from the countryside she is clever and she doesn't take Pip seriously

  1. Great Expectations Analysis

    In contrast to this, Havisham is mentally and emotionally threatening. In addition, negative passive verbs are exerted to depict that Magwitch's situation was enforced, whereas Havisham is portrayed through utilization of negative active verbs which illustrate that her scenario is self-induced.

  2. Discuss how Charles Dickens builds tension in Chapters 1 and in Chapter 39 of ...

    The word 'wilderness' can also be connected to the phrase 'distant savage lair' and 'scattered cattle', signifying an uninhabited place with wild animals hence being unsafe for a young child. Here anxiety is at a climax and tension is building up to a controversial or devastating event that could endanger Pip's life.

  1. How does dickens create sympathy for pip in chapters 1 and 8?

    is stopping him from hurting Pip at the moment, but if Pip fails Magwitch will send him after Pip. Magwitch gives one more threat to Pip "A boy may lock his door, may be warm in bed, may tuck himself up, may draw the clothes over his

  2. Pip wants to grow up to be a gentleman. Do you think he succeeds?

    if he tries hard, be the good person he needs to be. The money has gone to set Herbert up in a shipping business. With book two now over Pip is not too much different from the start of the book.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work