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Comparing two openings of Lord of the flies and Great expectations

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COMPARING TWO OPENINGS (draft) It is important that the opening of a book should be able to entice the reader to carry on and pursue the reader to finish the book through and an exciting or a mysterious opening that will encourage the reader to find out what would happen next. I find that Charles Dickens' opening for "Great Expectations" had to be exciting and dramatic because he sold his chapters in weekly issued 'magazines' which meant that if the opening issue wasn't exciting enough for the reader, he or she would not buy any more issues of Dickens'. In 'Great Expectations', we are introduced to the main character Pip. This is because the story is told in the first person. We are 'semi-introduced' to the convict halfway through the chapter. I feel that Dickens makes the child (Pip) believable by showing his innocence through his speech and dialogue; "Also Georgina..." I feel that this quote shows he's not old enough not to add the word "also" in front of a name on a gravestone. Another good example of making Pip more believable is when he describes the appearance of the convict; "...soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones..." The repetition of the word "and" makes the speech more familiar to what a child would say when he or she gets excited or scared of something. ...read more.


It shows he is a lower class to everybody else due to his grammatical mistakes in his speeches and conversations. His appearance is probably the first reason why he finds life on the island difficult; "He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat...and then looked up through his spectacles" The glasses and his weight shows him at a disadvantage because he is unable to do anything active when the boys start to play. Also, he has asthma which nearly makes him 'immobile' other wise if he does active things, he could start suffering because he would be out of breath or his glasses would break leaving him nearly 'blind' for they rest of their stay. Golding puts Jack across to the readers by using his dialogue and appearance. From Jack's dialogue, it shows that he is very commanding and should have been the natural leader; "Choir! Stand still!" This shows although they are miles away from home, Jack is still able to control his choir. His appearance makes him look quite evil during the beginning of the story. He had "red hair" and wore a black coat with a silver cross on the left breast". The red hair could show that he had a fiery temper like when he found out there was no "man" on the island; "... ...read more.


Although there are signs when the atmosphere will change like when Ralph becomes the surprise leader when it should have naturally gone to Jack. We are able to sense a bit of Jack's anger; "... and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification" Golding shows this is not another adventure story because of differences on the island where Jack, the obvious choice for leader, wasn't chosen to be the leader but Ralph was. Disagreements could lead from Jack modifying Ralph's rules and creating his own group or 'tribe': the "Hunters". Dickens also doesn't give away the plot but it is possible that Pip will find himself in trouble after stealing the food and the file. I felt that 'Lord of the Flies' has succeeded in persuading me to carry on reading it because of the way it is able to combine good characters with a good setting. I also find that it is able to give the story on two levels, in a literal story level and also a moral level showing us an examination of evil within human nature in the form of the small group of little boys. I also found 'Great Expectations' has also succeeded in persuading me to read on because of good characters and vivid descriptions of actions. There is also a slight sense of humour added to the story as well. Ross Chinn VE ...read more.

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