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Explore Chapter 1 as an introduction to Great Expectations.

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  • Submitted: 03/06/2005
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GCSE Great Expectations

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Explore chapter 1 as an introduction to great expectations.

The novel 'Great expectations' was originally published in a magazine in 36 weekly instalments. The book is written in the first person in autobiographical form, that is, it is pip who looks back on his past life `and recounts the events which led him to the situation that we find him in at the last chapter. Pip is surrounded by mystery and secrecy from the opening chapter to the novels end. Dickens ends each instalment with a moment of tension and suspense to engage a reader's interest for the next instalment. In the first chapter of the novel Dickens sets up many questions and moments of tension as he introduces Pip and Magwitch to each other and the reader.

The first picture Dickens creates is of a young boy crying by the graveside of his parents and brothers on a misty marsh on a winter's afternoon. "Five little stone lozenges...memory of the five little brothers of mine who gave up trying to get a living." This draws the reader's attention to Pip feeling isolated. Dickens also shows this isolation by saying that Pip is getting a

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