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Examine different characters of the Charles Dickens book 'Great Expectations' and how Dickens manages to create sympathy for the characters

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Coursework - 'Great Expectations' The aim of this piece of coursework is to examine different characters of the Charles Dickens book 'Great Expectations' and how Dickens manages to create sympathy for the particular characters I have chosen. The characters that I have chosen to write about are Pip and Miss Havisham. I will be analysing extracts one and two and using these to prove certain points that I will be making. 'Great Expectations' is the story of Philip Pirrip, known as Pip, an orphan raised by his brutal sister and her gentle-natured husband, Joe Gargery. It follows the ups and downs of Pip's love life from when he is a young, poor boy living near the Thames estuary to when he moves to London, where he hopes to become a successful 'gentleman'. The story takes place in the early nineteenth century England and begins in a semi-rural setting. We first meet Pip as a very young, impressionable boy, and in the first chapter, he is visiting the graves of his family which he never knew. The film story starts off with a dull grey background where Pip runs to the graveyard in order to visit the graves of his family. ...read more.

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Both characters are not described in happier terms. They seem very glum and upset by the way they are described. Pip is wearing nothing but commoner's clothes, which do not support him very well, leaving him open to all sorts of weather. Magwitch is a convict, so he obviously would not be wearing any type of special clothing, prisoner's clothes would merely be rags. This also builds sympathy for Magwitch as he is a desperate convict. In this extract, Pip understands that there are people who will look down on him as a 'common labouring boy', if he remains a blacksmith's apprentice. Many people received no schooling at all at this time. As someone who was being educated, Estella's reaction to him would have been the same as many others of the middle and upper classes. The 'working classes' were perceived as the lowest rungs of society, representing unseemliness (disease was viewed with horror as medicine was still primitive), as well as the threat of social unrest if they should come together to form a 'mob'. Furthermore, it was easy to slip down the runs of society. There was still no welfare state and so if you had no money, your options were often to turn to crime, to beg on the streets, to go to the poorhouse or to end up in a debtor's prison. ...read more.

Conclusion

All characters in this scene have different attitudes towards each other, Miss Havisham and Estella are very secretive, and Estella plays the part of Miss Havisham's apprentice; where as Pip is madly in love with Estella so he will do anything to change her feelings towards him. By analysing these two extracts I can see that Dickens very effectively creates sympathy for both Miss Havisham and Pip, but we also feel sympathy for Magwitch the convict as we all see that he is a very desperate old man who will use any technique to find his way out of prison so that he will have no troubles left behind him. All aspects of this story were used well; the way the scenery was used gave us a glimpse of what the characters personalities may be like. For example, when Pip runs to the graveyard by himself we can see that he is a very lonely child who must depend upon himself to get things done. He lives in a typical low class boy's life in the early nineteenth century. Characters like Oliver Twist are also very similar in a certain way in which they are abused by higher female classes that are much older than they are. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sagar Gill 10V ...read more.

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