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Discuss the range of devices Charles Dickens uses to engage the interest of the reader in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations'

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Discuss the range of devices Charles Dickens uses to engage the interest of the reader in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations' The novel "Great Expectations" was written by Charles Dickens who opens the novel by engaging the reader's interest. This is important because if the opening chapters of any novel are not interesting, then the reader is not going to read it and develop a negative attitude towards it. Charles Dickens very successfully uses different kinds of devices to make the reader carry on reading. This makes it interesting for the reader. He usually uses cliffhangers at the end of chapters because there used to be a serial of novels being published for every chapter in his days. This encouraged the reader to buy the next issue and keep on reading it. Dickens also used to tour the country reading out his stories to large audiences, which meant he needed to write top quality novels and end in cliffhangers. The evocative sense of the setting in the first few chapters of "Great Expectations" described by Dickens creates a melancholy scene. ...read more.


In this particular novel he creates vivid, detailed pictures of people, which has immediate appeal. But he also withholds important pieces information, too. Dickens uses appropriate sentence structures for the respective narrator. He uses long complex sentences when Pip as a man is narrating while he uses short simple sentences when Pip as a boy is narrating. Dickens introduces new characters in his storyline uniquely. He explains the appearance of the character very well and also maintains all the vital information. Dickens gives a very detailed and precise description of the convict. 'A fearful man... teeth clattered in his head.' Dickens tells us that the man is terrifying and bruised all over. The man looks like someone who has escaped, because of his filthy clothes. He also has a grumpy nature and looks as if he has been locked up somewhere for a long time. "With a great iron in his leg," hint us that the person is an escaped convict. This is one of the most extraordinary description of a character being introduced and gives us a vivid and clear picture of what the person might look like in real life. ...read more.


It also shows us the incident where Pip has to steal the food for the convict. The chapter ends telling us about how Pip found the necessities that the convict asked him to get and then he "ran into the misty marshes." This is a very crucial cliffhanger because anyone reading it would want to read the next chapter and find out what has happened. It is very useful because it engages the reader's mind in the story and makes him/her continue reading. I, personally as a reader would find the description of the setting, the characters and the scene with Pip and convict entertaining in these opening chapters of "Great Expectations". I think most of the other readers would find them interesting as well. I would want to read on further into the book because the description of the characters made me feel really close to them and I want to find out what happens to them after all and also will Pip get out of this mess? If yes, then how? These are the questions I really want to find out the answers of and are very strong reasons for me to read on further into the book. GCSE Great Expectations English Coursework First Draft Abid Rasheek Amin 11S 20300 Ms. Basson Room 103 Page 1 ...read more.

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