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

Coursework How effective is chapter one as an opening to "great expectations"?'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

COURSEWORK 'How effective is chapter one as an opening to "great expectations"?' The first chapter is set in the grave yard, where pip is looking at the tombstones of his dead parents and brothers. 'Arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine- who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle'. He is stating that all of his brothers gave in to death, which gives the idea that life expectancy was low for everyone. He then goes on to describe the area surrounding his home 'Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles from the sea'. He is clearly explaining that he lives quite close to the sea, very near to the marshes. ...read more.

Middle

Also it very clear that the story is written from an adults' point of view looking back to when he was a child because the language is so mature and complex that it's just impossible to think that a 9 year old child could speak that way. The sentences are long, descriptive and seem to always follow a rhythm. Dickens plays around with language to give a clear image of pip's imagination. 'The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly'. The quote shows how pip imagines his parents from the lettering of their tombstones. ...read more.

Conclusion

The chapter is a perfect example of the pre 1914 writing it is persistent and rhythmic which gives the opening chapter a very certain structure of the rest of the novel by sticking to the same pattern. The sentences are complicated to give a complex structure and the most important event happens in this chapter, where pip meets his future benefactor who will give him great opportunities. It is also a very interesting point that the book is written from an adults' point to view looking back to when they were young, what is interesting about it is that from an adult's/child's' point of view we are able to make sense of what is happening, where as if a child was to be narrating the whole story at the heat of the moment, we would be having trouble understanding because a child's vocabulary is different to an adult's vocabulary, it is very limited unlike an educated adult's, which is very wide. ...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. An evaluation of the effectiveness of chapter one of great expectations as the opening ...

    creates an image that Pip is a very lonely little boy, and makes us feel sorry for him. After explaining that most of Pips family are dead, Dickens aquatints us with the current setting marshland, 20 miles from the sea.

  2. Great Expectations Coursework

    "No glimpse of daylight could be seen" indicates to the reader that the house is very dark inside and it is abandoned. It could also mean that whatever lives there has been trapped. This is a perfect use of irony because normally a rich person would have a house that

  1. How is chapter 1 an effective opening to the novel Great Expectations?

    Dickens uses dual perspective by showing the small, frightened Pip and then the more mature, older Pip. By using this technique it shows the readers the two different sides of Pip and explains about himself, his styles and what has happened with him.

  2. How does Dickens create an effective opening chapter in Great expectations?

    The way that Pip says this makes the convict seem like he has risen from one of the graves which is obviously not true but the impression created is that Pip thinks that one of the graves or dead are talking to him.

  1. Literatute assignment coursework - Great Expectations

    adult, he realises that Magwitch did not mean Pip's misfortune - he just wanted to warn him to keep away from the other fearsome man. Since chapter 1, Pip has changed a great deal. He lives in London with Herbert Pocket - the person who he had fights with as a joke for amusement.

  2. Great Expectations Coursework

    soldiers are close by searching as the gunshots are being heard by everyone. Quotations: Missing Dickens intends to reflect the real Victorian society by showing that instead of Mrs .Joe sending Pip to live elsewhere she keeps him by herself.

  1. Great Expectations Coursework

    one who basically saved his life in chapter one, when he had escaped from prison. Pip brought him food to survive and a file, so he could escape the bindings of his prison chains. He wanted to repay him for his generosity when he was young lad.

  2. "Great Expectations" Coursework

    I sadly missed the cheerful face of my friend." This quotation shows that Dickens is using emotive language, in order for the reader to feel the sadness of Pip. The weather is also reflecting Pip's feelings. "Day after day, a heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still."

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