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In the novel 'Great Expectations,' Charles Dickens has managed to create several strong characters that are both memorable and remarkable and which definitely grab the reader's attention. He uses a variety of techniques to make the characters seem so real. Most of the characters in the novel represent the social classes, showing the extremes of the social classes, this portrays how each character is motivating and inimitable in their own way. Dickens was a keen observer of London life, and he used what he saw to put it into his writing. His childhood poverty played a great contribution to Dickens' later views on the social reform of England, and to his compassion for the lower classes, which as a result of his childhood experience of poverty, great expectations deals with the problems that Pip (the main character in the novel) has with making his way in the world from a difficult start. However, Dickens was criticised of being two- dimensional and of producing caricatures, which is a representation in which the person's distinctive features are exaggerated. For example, in the novel, the convict was criticised for being hyperbolic. Nevertheless, all of the characters have depth, because the background information of Pip is described in a lot of detail, for example, "I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister- Mrs Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. ...read more.


The convict knows that Pip is a young child, perhaps at the age of seven, and that young children have a tendency to be vulnerable and gullible, hence the convict takes advantage of Pip's young age. Nonetheless, in the Victorian Times, many young children were taken advantage of and were treated very harshly, and were forced to do child labour, such as cleaning chimneys of other people's homes. Pip is treated very cruelly by his sister, Mrs Joe Gargery. A common quote that was used by many people in the Victorian Times was 'Children should be seen, not heard', this implies why many adults ignored children in those harsh times. Pip has an orphan status; both of his parents are dead, so he lives with his sister- Mrs Joe Gargery, "I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister- Mrs Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them." Not only does this create further sympathy for Pip from the readers, but it also conveys lots of character information. In addition, this has been stated as a matter of fact idea, and is written in an impassive way. Pip also has five siblings- who were his younger brothers, and all of them died during childbirth, "To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row ...read more.


There, there!" with an impatient movement of the fingers of her right hand; "play, play!" After hearing this from Miss Havisham, Pip mentions to the readers, "... I felt myself so unequal to the performance that I stood looking at Miss Havisham in what I suppose she took for a dogged manner, inasmuch as she said, when we had taken a good look at each other-". In this quote, Pip feels that he is disproportionate to Miss Havisham, and feels that he has no manners. When telling Miss Havisham about his opinions on Estella, we begin to notice Pip's anxiety and discomfort with Miss Havisham. For instance when Miss Havisham asks Pip what he thinks of Estella, Pip replies, "I don't like to say,' I stammered. "Tell me in my ear,' said Miss Havisham, bending down. 'I think she is very proud,' I replied, in a whisper. 'Anything else?' 'I think she is very pretty.' 'Anything else?' 'I think she is very insulting (she was looking at me then with a look of supreme aversion.)' In this quote Pip replies to Miss Havisham's continuous questions, by mentioning that Estella is pretty, proud, though very insulting. When Pip mentions the way Miss Havisham looks at him, "She was looking at me then with a look of supreme aversion", we realise Pip's reason for being anxious and uncomfortable, which is because Miss Havisham looks at Pip with hatred, and this is not a good impression for Pip, on his first day at Satis House. Another example where Pip feels fretful and uneasy is ...read more.

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