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Dickens uses Characterisation, imagery and language to ensure that the reader has great sympathy for Pip. We first feel the sympathy for him when at the beginning of the second paragraph when Dickens fist tells us

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English coursework Great Expectations Dickens uses Characterisation, imagery and language to ensure that the reader has great sympathy for Pip. We first feel the sympathy for him when at the beginning of the second paragraph when Dickens fist tells us that his father is dead and moments later that his mother has also died. Dickens gains more sympathy for Pip when he tells us of the way that Pip has no recollection of his parents, what their character was like and the way that they looked. Because of this, when Pip visits the tombstone he uses the style of lettering that his parents name is in to determine what they looked like. When Dickens then tells us that five of his brothers have died, the reader gets the impression of Pip as a lonely person and that throughout his life, with the deaths of his whole family, he has had no one to turn to. We have a greater understanding of how Pip feels when it is explained to us how there are five stone lozenges that are there for the memory of his brothers. Dickens portrays Pip as being a sad and lonely boy. Not only has he been orphaned by the deaths of both of his parents but we later come to realise that he has also lost five siblings. Greater empathy is gained when we learn that he has never really known his parents and because of this he cannot remember them. ...read more.


Dickens' portrayal of Satis House is as dark, dirty and unusual, which is then continued into the description of Miss Havisham. When the life of Miss Havisham is explained to us we can see that her experiences have been very sad. She cannot come to terms with the fact that she was abandoned on her wedding day, so she does the only thing that she thinks will be able to help her, to stop time. We are first introduced to the images of light and dark when Pip enters the house through the side door and went up the dark passage. "...the first thing I noticed was, that the passages were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning there. She took it up, and we went through more passages and up a staircase, and still it was all dark, and only the candle lighted us." This shows that Pip was not used to what he was experiencing as he first went inside the house. It was unlike anything that he had ever seen before. The only light that was allowing him to see was from candles, there were no windows to see the daylight that was outside. When Estella refuses to enter the room with Pip, he is left on his own to go inside. Pip, hesitantly, knocks on the door and slowly enters. When Pip enters the room we begin to clearly see the images of light and dark more. ...read more.


People were becoming more ambitions and their expectations greater. The Industrial revolution in Britain introduced a whole new social class system and people began to realise that it was time for a change. Before the Industrial revolution people had believed that whatever social status they were born into was the status that they had continue their lives living in. Throughout the Industrial Revolution people realised that it was the time for them to make a difference to their lives, the amount of money that they could earn was increased and they realised that money could buy them a higher standard of living. Money, which was now more available for the people who were wiling to work hard, was a way of gaining a higher social position. The expectations of the people were at their height. The economic growth had expanded for the working class and the economy had begun to grow much faster than it had before. All of the people were now hoping and working towards a higher standard of life for themselves and for their family. Great Expectations is set in early Victorian England, a time when great social changes were sweeping the nation. The Industrial Revolution had transformed the social landscape, allowing capitalists and manufacturers to accumulate huge fortunes. Although social class was no longer entirely dependent on the class that you were born into, the divisions between rich and poor remained as wide as ever. More and more people moved from the country to the city in search of greater financial opportunities. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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