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Great Expectations Coursework Chapter 1 Dickens use of tension between scenes 1 and 39 in the revolutionary novel 'Great Expectations' works very well to create a sensation of suspense and awareness of the tension between Pip and Magwitch in the two scenes. Beyond the churchyard were the marshes then the river. With the wind whistling and the eerie sense of an unwelcome presence gives the impression of desolation and desertion, highlighting Pip feeling frightened, alone and weeping in a swampy churchyard. Suddenly, a new picture emerges, a shady figure in the fog building up the tension as you hear a sinister voice coming from a man rising from the soggy, abyss of the darkness amongst the graves. As this weary man draws closer to the vulnerable Pip, you get a feeling of dread for Pip as you fear just the presence of this man is something ominous. As this mysterious man is revealed, he is shown as bedraggled, due to his prisoner's uniform, he is clearly a prisoner on the run as he is draped in convicts clothing, already just by his presence, you get the feeling that this unwelcoming man would stop at nothing due to his obvious yet unclear appearance and background. ...read more.


This shows his desperation, as he knows if he doesn't find a way out now, he will be imprisoned forever more. The tension in the scene mounts when the convict says, "no matter how small it is and your heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted and ate". He also terrifies Pip by saying "I am keeping that young man from harming you at the present moment with great difficulty". Before he releases the petrified Pip, he makes him swear by God that he wont tell anyone about his encounter and that he will bring the convict a file and some food for the next day. The chapter ends with Pip watching as the man limps into the darkness of the gloomy marsh. Above all his distraught and terror, as he urgently scampers home he can't help but feel empathy for this rejected convict, alone in an unforgiving world. Chapter 39 In this chapter, we see that our once young and vulnerable Pip has grown into a proud and arrogant young man. At this point, he is living with his companion Herbert although he is away at this point in our story. ...read more.


Magwitchs' re-appearance in Pips life creates a huge turning point in the book and generates a huge sense of tension in the scene between the two significant characters. Magwitch refers himself to Pips second father; it quotes in the text, "look'ee here, Pip. I'm your second father; you're my son-more to neither any son nor me. I've put away money, only for you to spend". This shows magwitchs' care for Pip and his appreciation for what he did for him years before despite the fact that Pip has not heard from Magwitch for years and even then, their meeting was brief and unpleasant. It shows Magwitch' affection for Pip as, after over 15 years, Magwitch has found no one to be closer to. Despite Pip being distraught with this news, he feels behold ant to the old man and allows him to stay for the night. After feeding him, the chapter ends with a cautious Pip discovering a pistol beside Magwitchs' bed, heightening to the tension in the scene and between the two. When Pip awakens at 5 o'clock, a terrible storm rages outside, this storm correlates well with the tension in the scene representing troubled times ahead for Pip and his secret benefactor. ...read more.

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