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  1. Great Expectations. How does Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking?

    Also she repeats the word "and" this is to give it more emphasis to the point she is trying to express. Estella's tone is smirk and scornful with a posh accent towards anyone below her social class. We are introduced to Estella in chapter 8 which is set in the Satis house, home to the rich Miss Havisham. The house is described by pip descriptively as he says "which was of old brick and dismal, and had a great many iron bars to it."

    • Word count: 1595
  2. With particular reference to chapters one to eight, how does Dickens engage the reader in Great Expectations?

    Dickens does this with many names. Two examples are "Mr. Pumblechook" and "Mrs. Hubble". In addition, Dickens takes on the persona of Pip. This device makes it hard not to like and have sympathy for Pip. It creates an emotional involvement of the reader with Pip. Furthermore, Dickens uses a lot of detail to describe his characters. The amount of detail written just to describe one character in the novel gives the reader a good image of the characters personality and looks.

    • Word count: 1957
  3. How does Charles Dickens use setting in the novel Great Expectations?

    A 'distant savage lair' provides the hint of an introduction to Magwitch. Magwitch could also be represented by the brittle, brutal nature of the landscape. This is particularly reinforced by the uncultured, colloquial way in which he speaks, that shows his roots and the time he has spent in prison. However, as the chapter evolves, we see the perspective of Magwitch change. He is shown as 'limping' and 'cut', which encourages us to feel pity for him and could hint at the battered existence he has had which has led him to crime.

    • Word count: 1047
  4. How does Dickens create sympathy for his characters in the first 11 chapters of Great Expectations?

    Pip, being timid in nature, easily became intimidated by the convict and obeys his demands. He soon goes home to his abusive sister and his brother-in-law, Joe Gargery, whom he considers to be an equal and a friend. The next day, he wakes up early in the morning to take what the convict had demanded of him. He then returns to the churchyard from a guilt-ridden trip, having done something he considered 'evil' for the first time. This is a key moment in the book for the convict had been shown kindness that he would never forget, albeit forced.

    • Word count: 1838
  5. Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

    Some things cause strength or growth in a person are responsibility, discipline and surrounding ones self around people who are challenging and inspiring. Pip has dreams and resulting disappointment that eventually lead him to becoming a genuinely good man. During his transformation into adulthood, Pip comes to realise two diverse concept of being a gentlemen and he come to find out the real gentlemen in his life aren't the people he had initially thought. In the first chapter Pip begins the story as a young orphan boy being raised by his sister Mrs.

    • Word count: 1128
  6. How does dickens create an effective opening to great expectations ?

    Dickens has created two very different characters, Pip and Magwitch. Pip is a young boy that is timid; the name pip suits the character because pips are small and harmless, just like him. Dickens describes pip with phrases like 'small bundle of shivers', 'undersized, and not strong' these descriptive phrases make pip sound even more vulnerable, to attack. The other character is Magwitch; he is older and appears a lot more threatening. Dickens describes Magwitch with comments like 'fearful', 'broken shoes', 'old, cut' and 'growled'.

    • Word count: 1143
  7. How does Charles Dickens present Pip as vulnerable in the opening chapters of Great Expectations?

    In the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations', the settings is in the marshes near the River Thames. It is dark, frightening, it is cloudy and the wind is very rough. Pip is a young orphan in a graveyard on his own looking at his parents, and brothers' grave, wondering what they were like. Charles Dickens uses adjectives to create a dangerous setting. The phrase "bleak place with overgrown nettle," suggests that this place is deserted, empty, frightening and is petrifying for Pip. Another phrase, "the sky was just a row of angry red lines "suggests that the Charles Dickens is personifying that the sky is a row of long angry red lines, and that the sky is cloudy and very frightening.

    • Word count: 1610
  8. How does Charles Dickens create effective images of people and places in chapters 1 and 8 of Great Expectations?

    This highlights the idea that Victorian society is socially rigid. It is not based on who or what you are but instead about your heritage and your riches. Dickens uses this novel to demonstrate that people lower class are more than capable to easily slot into the life of riches and perhaps too easily. So the opening chapter starts with Pip he is in the process of analysing his parents and brothers gravestones in desperation for any knowledge of his heritage.

    • Word count: 1529
  9. A comparison of chapters 1 & 39 of Great Expectations

    is surrounded by death, as Pip being an orphan he is visiting the graves of his parents and tries to imagine what they would look like, 'he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair.' this makes the reader feel sorry for Pip, because the only connection to his parents is through guess work by him. In Pip's home life we are made to feel pity for Pip as he is punished by his sister for the slightest thing that she doesn't feel is appropriate, using Tickler -a cane used to hit Pip- and helpings of tar-water it creates sympathy towards Pip.

    • Word count: 1835
  10. Two Chapters In Great Expectations Introduce The Character Of Magwitch. Compare The Two Chapters On The Basis Of Language And Structure.

    Pip has a lot more power over Magwitch when Magwitch is introduced the second time. As I have mentioned, the two chapters contrast greatly however both share the same anxious and tense atmosphere. I believe this has a lot to do with the way Dickens has described the weather and setting. Chapter 1 begins in a graveyard, which is a traditional scary setting that develops a sinister mood in a piece of writing. Pip, at his family's gravestones, is described as a 'small bundle of shivers'. The image of a small boy shivering lets the reader know that he is in a cold location with nobody there to comfort him.

    • Word count: 1523
  11. Great Expectations - Why is it so enjoyable?

    An example of this comes at the end of chapter two, when Dickens leaves Pip running home to complete the feat Magwitch or 'the Convict' set him. "But, now I was frightened again, and ran home without stopping." This is a perfect example of one of the numerous cliff-hangers, that hooks the reader. Constant moments of suspense and exiting plot turns, makes readers find Great Expectations gripping and thrilling. Dickens original ending had Pip and Estella going their separate ways and Pip finally being freed of his obsession with Estella.

    • Word count: 1291
  12. Great Expectations Effectiveness of chapter 1

    Pip who is about seven at the opening of the novel also serves as the story's narrator looking back on his own story as an adult. With this two-level approach, Charles Dickens leads the reader though Pip's life in childhood with the immediacy and surprise of a young narrator while at the same time guiding as an omnipotent narrator who knows how it will turn out . As the reader we are personally introduced to Pip as if we were in a pleasant conversation with him "I give Pirrip as my father's name..."

    • Word count: 1746
  13. Great expectations

    Pips sister and brother in-law Joe Gargery. Also there is a convict one and there is potential that there is another convict two. "There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel" . This is due to the fact that convict one says that he is not alone and there is another convict hiding. Our sympathies lie with Pip and the convict. The main character Pip is being described as small, polite and well mannered as he says to the convict "good night sir" this shows that even though he is being threatened he will still show his manners.

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  14. With close reference to chapters 1-4, how does Dickens create sympathy for Pip in Great Expectations?

    fact that he only has his sister left and that the rest of his family are dead and are not coming back. It also creates an eerie and scary feel for the graveyard, because he is surrounded by dead people, it creates a worrying environment, especially for a child, which makes the reader feel his fear and therefore the reader feel sympathy for Pip. Pip was unlucky enough to lose all his siblings, so the reader feels sympathy for him because he is alone in the world and not only an orphan but he has also lost the majority of his siblings.

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  15. How are our impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes shaped by Dickens' use of language?

    This way we see the older Pip who writes in a posh way and the "childish" Pip. This way we would also know that Pip's future is not going to be ordinary. In the second paragraph the reader is given the impression that Pip was ashamed of his past, and we can feel the bitterness in the air. Dickens made Pip seem innocent and vulnerable by bringing the reader's attention to the fact that Pip's an orphan. Dickens want us to feel that orphans are weak, because they've got nobody to protect them and that they're alone in this frightening world.

    • Word count: 1948
  16. Pip is growing up in the first half of the nineteenth century. How great would his expectations be, and what clues are we given to this in chapter One?

    The experiences that Pip has as a young boy are important in his maturation into young adulthood. Phillip Pirrip, otherwise known as "Pip", is seven years into his lower society life in Victorian Britain. He lives in the poverty ridden marshlands of Kent with his older sister and her husband (the local blacksmith), Joe Gargery. The absence of his parents is due to one of the many diseases in the early eighteen hundreds, in addition to the extreme lack of health care. Pip is also the would-be brother of five other children - all of them boys, and all of them with the same unpleasant fate as their parents.

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  17. Great Expectations Coursework

    He uses irony to describe Miss Havisham's house, saying that the house "was of old bricks, dismal and had a great many iron bars to it." This makes Miss Havisham look scary and the house look broken because the phrase "had a great many iron bars to it" suggests that whatever is in there, has been locked up and is not allowed out of there. The use of "old bricks" suggests that the house it tatty and hasn't been refurbished in a long time.

    • Word count: 1663
  18. How does Dickens create the characters of Magwitch and Miss Havisham? How does the setting in which he presents them add to these characterizations?

    As Dickens was living in poverty as a child it helped him write stories. He used his experience as inspiration. His stories reflect on the extreme conditions and suffering. In 'Great expectations' Dickens explores the classes and the justice system. In the opening scene, Dickens purposely creates a dark, desolate atmosphere that surrounds young Pip. He also uses the idea of a black horizontal landscape. This highlights the danger, as Pip is alone. Dickens uses red, black, angry colours to describe the marshes and skyline.

    • Word count: 1549
  19. How is chapter 1 an effective opening to the novel Great Expectations?

    He doesn't have any maturity or any sense to tell from right to wrong. Dickens has used this genre to explain Pips life. To find out information about someone's life, you read an autobiography. So this is exactly what Dickens is doing. He is telling us Pips life story from the beginning by using this genre of fictional autobiography. Dickens tells the story using narrative voice, he used 1st person narration. You can tell that his novel is 1st person narration because of the uses of 'I and my'.

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  20. Great Expectations. This essay will explore how this novel represents childhood in the Victorian era.

    Critics and fellow-novelists such as George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton have applauded Dickens for his mastery of prose, and for his teeming gallery of unique characters, many of whom have acquired iconic status in the English-speaking world. Others such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf have accused him of sentimentality and implausibility. He died on the 9th of June 1870. About the novel........ Great expectations is about an orphan boy called pip who lived with his sister Mrs Joe gargery and her husband Joe gargery who lives beside a churchyard.

    • Word count: 1283
  21. Compare Chapter One Of Great Expectations, In Which Pip First Meets The Convict, With Chapter Thirty Nine, When The Convict Returns.

    He would be cold as when we first find him it is misty which would means it would be a cold morning. He would be virtually starved but the fact he finds Pip is a total godsend especially as he himself is a Christian shown in chapter 39 when he forces Mr Pocket to kiss the bible and he invented a stranger out of sheer desperation "There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel".

    • Word count: 1408
  22. How does Charles Dickens present Victorian Childhoods as frightening and intimidating in the opening chapters of Great Expectations?

    The use of strong adjectives and the idea of it being "overgrown with nettles" imply this. Beyond the churchyard is "dark flat wilderness" which shows which state Pip might have been living in "intersected with dykes and mounds and gates," in comparison to today's London city the setting is very old and poor showing how very different the 1860's where compared to the 21st Century. Throughout the novel, Dickens follows this pattern by using weather, time of day or night, and morbid locations (Miss Havisham's house, and the cemetery) to reflect the harsh times in Pip's life.

    • Word count: 1902
  23. How does Dickens use setting to reflect character and the issues facing Victorian society in Great Expectations?

    The first episode was released on the 1st of December 1860; two chapters were released at once. This created cliff-hangers and led the reader to feel tension and suspense because he had to keep his readers interested and desperate to find out what happens next so they would buy the next instalment. An example of a cliff-hanger is the secret benefactor "Yes, Pip, dear boy, I've made a gentleman on you" made by Magwitch after Pip has found out in chapter thirty nine. The effect of these cliff-hangers and catchy plots help Great expectation to become the book it is today.

    • Word count: 1329
  24. Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

    Also by her lifestyle being set as her being home doing housework, taking care of all home activities. Second class citizens were what Pip and his remaining family were categorized as, which meant they were not able to do anything such as buy a home. The opening chapter shows the depth of struggles within Victorian times. We are introduced to a young orphan boy named Pip, who resides with his sister and her husband. Pip, who is not an angel but has a heart of gold, is treated with much disrespect by his sister in the novel. He is continuously berated and bullied by his sister, and can not do anything about it due to the fact that he has much respect and resides with her and her husband; he is vulnerable.

    • Word count: 1202

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the three main female characters in Great Expectations

    "In conclusion I believe these three women have all had their effects on Pip and his life in some way or another. The majority of these effects have been negative and Pip has had to endure a lot in his life. Yet he has come out all in all a very respectable young gentleman when he could've turned very differently."

  • Compare and contrast the presentation of Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham and Estella in the opening chapter of 'Great Expectation

    "In conclusion, in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations,' I believe that Pip earns the most sympathy due to the way he is presented; his frailty and him being an orphan being the key emotional areas. However, later on as we learn more about each of the other characters, we feel more sympathetic towards them. By the end of the novel, each character is an almost contradiction to themselves as Dickens argues against society suggesting that people can change. Poor, trembling Pip has grown up, he has sufficient money, which is what he wanted, he becomes educated and is a gentlemen, whereas the arrogant and beautiful Estella becomes quiet and battered, her beauty now hidden behind her scars. Miss Havisham dies understanding, that although she felt it is necessary to gain her revenge on men, due to her pain, she'd caused a lot of pain by creating a monster in the cold hearted Estella which meant that her once broken heart could finally feel again. Finally, Magwitch, who seemed to be rough and animal like, mellows down and forms a bond between himself and Pip. His story helps the reader understand him and the hatred they felt towards him in the opening chapters is directed towards Compeyson who becomes the common enemy and villain who meets a just end."

  • Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

    "In conclusion, I believe that the opening chapter of Great Expectations is very effective. Not only is this one of the most exhilarating novels that a person could read, but it is one to recommend too. Due to the narration of Pip, the opening chapter would make readers very intrigued, wanting to know more about 'what's going to happen next' as well as Pip's life and what his outcome in life is. The choice of language as well as the literary terms used such as metaphors, similes and dramatic tension, would draw one's attention and keep them fascinated throughout the entire book."

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