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Great Expectations In this essay I plan to show my understanding of two particular parts of the play 'Great expectations' Chapter 1: Opening graveyard scene and chapter 8: Miss Havisham and compare them to show how Dickens uses setting, characters and gothic elements to contribute to create an atmosphere and mood. I have chosen to compare chapter 1 and chapter 8 because I feel that they are the two most and powerful parts in the Novel. In the first chapter of "Great Expectations" we are introduced to the character Pip. Throughout the story Dickens uses the first person point of view so that it is made clear to us that Pip is narrating. Dickens has done this for us to see things through Pip's perspective and so that we comprehend his feelings and emotions. Pip, now and adult is looking back through his childhood and telling us his life story. The sophisticated language used is not that of which we would associate with a child such as 'my infant tongue' and `explicit'. There is also a range of complex sentences used which also indicates to us that pip is now an adult. Throughout the play pip gives us the impression that the novel is retrospective e.g. `So I called myself Pip' The beginning of the novel sets up the character Pip and makes us feel great sympathy for him as we are lead to a poor young boy sitting in the isolated village churchyard. ...read more.


Pip although he is with a convict still speak to him like a gentle man and remains as polite as he can as he does not want to up set Magwitch. Dickens adds to the immense gothic atmosphere by describing the surroundings in which pip is situated. Dickens uses an extremely long sentence which almost reaches 4 lines, 'The marshes were just a long black...'Dickens has use along sentence to create the affect of depression and shows how dull the atmosphere is. Before pip is told to go home and get the things Magwitch threatens that his heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted and ate, but not by him but by the man who 'in comparison with which young man I am a Angel.' This man that is supposedly with him 'has a secret way peculiar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver.' Which at this point pip decides it is in his best interests to do what ever Magwitch says and so he makes his way home. In chapter 8, Dickens describes Pip's first visit to Miss Havishams house. In this chapter there are frightening and gothic elements to the scene. Miss Havisham has request has requested for pip to play out the house, which is an odd request. ...read more.


The stopped clocks around the house symbolize her determined attempt to try and freeze time and change anything from the way it was from when she was jilted at the alter on her wedding day. The two chapters are both very gothic and extreme for the reader. Dickens has created the gothic atmospheres in the novel by the use of setting, character and detailed description. The gothic elements are use to create a chilling but exciting feel to the novel which keeps the readers interested. Great expectation is a novel that uses great imagery and description to achieve immense feelings and atmosphere. Dickens creates memorable characters in the play all who are very different from one and other. Chapter 1 and 8 are both very different from each other but both of them have the gothic feel and element to them. The novel is about expectations, and shows how a young boy changes from being lower class to being rich and of upper class and is help to do this by an unexpected character. I partly enjoyed reading the novel and film, I think that character Pip is an adventurous and proud character and at the end of the novel show great gratitude towards an unexpected character by risking his own life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Love 11p7 English coursework Laura Love 11p7 English coursework ...read more.

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