• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore how dickens builds atmosphere and reveals aspects of Pips changing character in three scenes of your choice.

Extracts from this document...


GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK Explore how dickens builds atmosphere and reveals aspects of Pips changing character in three scenes of your choice. A Great Expectation is considered by many to be Charles Dickens greatest novel. Dickens wrote the book from the first person perspective so when reading the book Pip is telling the story after it actually happened. The story is about the life of Phillip Pirrip (Pip). We follow the growth of Pip. The story follows Pips formation from childhood to adulthood. The story shows us how events in his life change his attitudes. Unfortunately instead of growing up to be a gentleman he turns out a snob. The story is based on how the older generation uses the younger generation to get back at society. We see this when Miss havisham says to Estella 'Well, you can break his heart'. She said this when Estella was complaining about having to play cards with Pip. Miss Havisham wants Estella to break Pips heart because once she had her heart broken .Pip was also being used by Magwitch. Magwitch uses Pip by bringing him to London and bringing him up to be a gentleman. ...read more.


This is patheticfallacy on Pips life as everything in his way has gone so now he can go forward and see what is out there for himself. Once Pip arrives in London he is not that impressed with it and Mr Jaggers. Before he'd even been into Mr Jagger's office there are negative things about Jaggers. The coachman say's to pip 'then it must be a shilling'. 'I don't want to get into trouble know him'. After this Dickens wrote 'When he had got his shilling and had course of time completed the ascent to his box and had got away (which appeared to relive his mind)'. This shows that people are scared of Jaggers and people aren't scared of good people so this is a clue to what Pip is about to discover. Once Pip enters Mr Jagger's office Mike is sent out. This shows me that Pip is treated as upper class and with respect whereas before he wasn't. He is also now addressed Mr Pip when before he was addressed 'boy'. Mr Jagger's room was described 'by a skylight only, and was a most dismal place, the skylight, eccentrically pitched like a broken head and the distorted adjoining houses looking as if they had twisted themselves to peep down at me through it'. ...read more.


When Pip is introduced to his new home he is not impressed. It is described as melancholy, disgorged, dismal and dilapidated. Not exactly his great expectation. Dickens used personification to enhance how run down the place was, he wrote ' crippled flower-pot' and 'miserable makeshift'. There are dark images and images of death when pip said ' A frowzy morning of soot and smoke attired this forlorn creation of Barnard and it had strewn ashes on its head', Mourning is an image of funerals and death while soot ash and smoke are images of darkness. Earlier in the story pip is told that ' you may get cheated, robbed and murdered in London'. He now feels this is true because his expectations aren't what London is really like. Dickens wrote 'He led me into a corner and conducted me up a flight of stairs-which appeared to me to be slowly collapsing into sawdust'. This represents Pip climbing the social ladder but the steps are beginning to crumble below him. Mr Pocket Junior treats Pip in a way in which he is not used to. Mr pockets is attempting to do everything for Pip but pip is willing to help so this far into the story Pip had yet to turn into a complete snob. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Great expectation

    Magwitch sounds intelligent saying this, however his intelligence has not come from education it has come from his own doing, what he has piled up in his own life time. We see informal language when he is frightening the boy, "hold your noise!"

  2. Who Or What Do You Think Has The Most Influence on Pip's Development And ...

    Even though Herbert is shocked at the revelation of Pip's true patron, as soon as he hears news of Compeyson, Magwitch's arch enemy, watching him, he has the initiative to remove Magwitch and take him to Dover. While Herbert and Wemmick help Pip in making arrangements for Magwitch, the word

  1. Compare and Contrast Pips Life on the Marshes to his Life in London.

    and we see Pip being very childish and ignorant when we wants to act most grown up. He describes Joe as "Plain" and "Contented" and then describes himself as "Discontented" This is again a very ignorant attitude as he is suggesting that Joe has no dreams or visions and that he has nothing to look forward to.

  2. How does Dickens explore the impact of Magwitch and Miss Havisham on Pips development?

    Although very much temporarily at this stage. Pip also refers to Magwitch as 'my convict', again suggesting ownership and devotion towards Magwitch. Although it is far later in the story that Magwitch becomes Pip's benefactor there are already glimpses of Magwitch attempting to protect and help Pip.

  1. One of the focuses in Great Expectations is growing up. How does the older ...

    Drummle is a very important lesson to the learning Pip as he gives him proof that it is not only economical superiority that counts in order to achieve happiness. Drummle just happens to be a member of the upper class as he inherited wealth, but Pip's 'forever the best of

  2. How does Charles Dickens portray the character of Mr Jaggers

    After that Jaggers laugh which is very unlike him. Jaggers realises that Wemmick leads two lives just like himself. Jaggers then tells Pip his side of Estella's story when he rescues Estella from her mean beginnings. This shows that Jaggers seems to have a conscience and a moral sense.

  1. Great Expectations: Pip's Character Change

    through his mind, when he combines his Christian and family name together. By the boy calling himself by Pip, it shows the childish youthfulness of his character, as Pip is a youthful name compared to the likes of Phillip which sounds more grown and older.

  2. How do Pip's perceptions of people and class change throughout the novel?

    Within a single year, all this was changed." Pip now wants to live in London, so he can learn to be a true gentleman. He believes that London will fullfill his happiness and the perfect life he's looking for. When Jagger's arrives to take Pip to London, Pip couldn't be more happier, he was finally going to be a gentleman.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work