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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations Great Expectations is a novel about a seven-year-old orphan boy called Pip who lives with his cruel sister and her good-natured husband, the Blacksmith, Joe Gargery. Pip's life is changed when Jaggers a London lawyer tells him that a mysterious benefactor has provided money to make him a gentleman with 'great expectations'. This novel was written in the Victorian times, around the 1850s. The style of writing in this novel reflects the historical period that it comes from because the novel has lots of long descriptive sentences. In the 1800s they had ladies and gentlemen and also hanged people, whereas today this no longer happens. The class system at this time was taken very seriously and it was considered wrong to talk to someone of a different class to you. A common profession in the 1800s was a Blacksmith; today to be a Blacksmith is quite rare. In the 1800s Blacksmiths were more essential to everyday life because the main mode of transport was the horse. ...read more.


Pip is only seven years old; the fact that he's on his own in the middle of a swamp indicates that maybe nobody cares what he's doing, and if they don't care now then they're going to care even less when he is older. "...the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard...". This quote indicates how far the graveyard is from anywhere else. Pip is on his own in more ways than one, he is not just alone in the graveyard but he has no family. The gravestone Pip is looking at indicates this because both his parents' names are on it as well as some of Pip's brothers and sisters. This loneliness that Pip feels at the beginning of the novel prepares us for Pip's isolation later on. The encounter that Pip has with Magwich near his parents' grave reflects later events in the novel. "A man started up from among the graves" This event symbolises Magwich becoming a father figure to Pip later on. ...read more.


The imagery of the beacon and the gibbet can be seen to be representative of Great Expectations because in the novel there are lots of decisions made. At the beginning of the novel Pip was looking from the edge of a river and what he could see was a beacon and a gibbet. The beacon represents the good decisions and the gibbet represents the bad decisions. "On the edge of the river I could faintly make out the only two black things..." these two black things were the beacon and the gibbet, this would symbolise to the reader that Pip would have to make many decisions in the novel, some would be good and some would be bad. In the first chapter I think that Dickens prepares us well for later events in Great Expectations. Lots of events later in the novel are affected by the decisions made in the first chapter. Also there's lots of significance in the events of the first chapter that reflect later events in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Carly Wilson 10W ...read more.

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