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How does Charles Dickens uses descriptive language to convey mood and character in chapters 1, 8, 11 and 25 of Great Expectations? In his novels Charles Dickens uses vivid imagery to make the reader aware of the mood of a scene and the characters in it. This imagery is evident throughout the novel "Great Expectations". In chapter 1 Pip goes to the graveyard where he meets Magwitch the convict for the first time. The graveyard is overgrown with nettles as it has been neglected and not looked after, there are nettles everywhere and they pose a threat as they sting. The graveyard is described as a cold, bleak and lonely place; it could be a threat as it is dark and bleak. Beyond the graveyard, Dickens describes the low leaden line and the distant savage lair. Pip is described effectively when Dickens describes him as "a small bundle of shivers" to tell us that he is a small frightened child. In contrast, Dickens describes Magwitch the convict as a "fearful man," a man to be scared of. He is wearing "coarse grey clothes", they are rough dirty and cheap. He has a "great iron on leg", he is shackled like an animal, and he is not wearing a hat, which would make us believe that he is not a gentleman. ...read more.

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Why, he is a common labouring boy! I thought I had overheard Miss Havisham answer-only it seemed so unlikely, well? You can break his heart". Estella is shown doing just this when " and what coarse he has! And what thick boots", Pip is so affected by this, " I got rid of y injured feelings for the tie, by kicking them into the brewery-wall, brushing them out of my hair, and then I smoothed my face with my sleeve and came from behind the gate". At the end of this chapter, Dickens explores the effect that the visit has had on Pip's self esteem "pondering as I went along on what I had seen, and deeply revolving that I was a common labouring boy; that my hands were coarse; that my boots were thick; that I had fallen into a despicable habit of calling knaves Jacks;" In chapter 11 Dickens describes the inside and outside of Satis house where Miss Havisham lives. Dickens uses the name Satis house to show the irony because Miss Havisham is not satisfied with her life. Pip feels lost in the big house, the house has long dark passageways; the house is described to be like a maze, " the passage was a long one, and seemed to pervade the whole square basement of the Manor house," In this chapter, Dickens concentrates his description on the Dining room " ...read more.

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I leave the, I leave the castle behind me, and when I come into the castle, I leave the office behind me". A comic episode is the firing of the gun and the effect it has on the aged parent. "Getting near gun-fire, said Wemmick the, as he laid down his pipe; it's the Aged's treat", it is described as "the stinger went off with a bang that shook off the crazy little box of a cottage as if it must fall to pieces, and made every glass and teacup in it ring", Dickens makes the effect of the firing of the gun particularly funny " upon this, the Aged-who I believe would have been blown out of his arm-chair but for holding on by the elbows-cried out exultingly fired! I heard him" At the end of this chapter Dickens makes it clear that Mr Wemmick is not happy at work, although he is happy at home "By Degrees, Wemmick got dryer and harder as we went along, and his mouth tightened into a post office again". The final words in this chapter highlight this idea, " he looked as unconscious of his Walworth property as if the castle and the lake and the fountain and the Aged, had all been blown into space, together by the last discharge throughout the stinger". Throughout this novel Dickens uses effective imagery to help highlight characters and situations. ...read more.

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