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Description of Graveyard in Great Expectations

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Introduction

The graveyard scene is the opening chapter of great expectations. It is shown as a dark and quite dreary place. This is where Pip's mother, father and brothers were buried but it seems quite empty and deserted, as if it has been forgotten about. Firstly, the graveyard is shown as a "bleak place". This shows this was a depressing place to be in. it also makes the graveyard sound as if it is empty and quite dark, and avoided by as many people as possible. ...read more.

Middle

The marshes are referred to the "dark flat wilderness". This shows that the churchyard was on the edge of a wild place and only a low wall separates the two. It is as if the marshes are being kept back by the churchyard wall. The emphasis on the graveyard as a dreary place is continued throughout the chapter. This is a very effective way to open the chapter as it shows where Pip's family are buried and his background. It also sets the scene for Magwitch's arrival later on in the chapter. ...read more.

Conclusion

The "dykes and mounds" show that if one was walking on the marshes they could easily become lost and confused as there are no distinguishing landmarks. Magwitch, the convict, seems to fit the marsh quite well and maybe Pip saw a link between the two. Both are dangerous and wild and both seem to be dark too. The convict also seems to fit in with the moor, as both creep up on you silently. To conclude, the setting of the graveyard and marshes are a good way of setting the arrival of Magwitch and showing how Pip sees his part of the world. ...read more.

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