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Great Expectations This assignment is to look at how Dickens uses people and place to set the atmosphere of Great Expectations. Great Expectations is about an orphan called Pip. Pip was a young orphan living in the marshes of Kent with his sister and her husband Joe. From the time that pip was seven years old up until his mid thirties, he shows the events that happened to him made him become what he became. During his life he meets many different friends and situations, which has an influence on his decisions. Pips name shows that he is a friendly person which leads to the fact that he is a pip and has not developed into anything yet. ...read more.


He imagined his brother as 'a square, dark man with curly hair' which was actually his square, black tombstone with moss growing over the top. He imagined his mother as 'freckled and sickly'. How pip describes his family shows us the way his mind works, his childish imagination and the way he compares the tombstones to his family. I think Dickens chose to begin the story in the graveyard because a lot of Pip's background involves graves. This is also a depressing place to start a story. This immediately reflects on the reader and has them feeling sorry for him. When Magwitch turns up from hiding behind a tombstone in his coarse grey uniform 'typical convict uniform' with big iron balls on his leg, no hat, soaked through with water, covered in mud with cuts over him, broken shoes and limping makes pip very frightened indeed considering they are in a graveyard surrounded by graves and its dark boondocks. ...read more.


In Victorian times, people in the lower class were not able to defend themselves if they were arrested, and couldn't afford a lawyer so ended up getting a much worse sentence then they deserved. The description of place had been used to direct the readers view of the character by giving you a feel of what they do and see everyday, making you think that. The first chapter had a lot of detail to follow, it sets the atmosphere and gave you a slight description of the characters. Dickens gives a very good moral and a powerful one in this novel which is, you don't have to wear a hat or be rich to be a gentleman. Tom Saunders ...read more.

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