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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations The novel, 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, which was written in the Victorian times (19th Century-1800s) is about an orphan boy called Pip. Pip is an orphan who has to live with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband Joe Gargery. Pip is a poor boy that is forced to play with a rude rich young lady Estella who is adopted by Mrs Havisham. As Pip becomes older he grows up to become a blacksmith. Mrs Joe Gargery forces Pip to play with Estella in order to get money form Miss Havisham who is a rich women who inherited her money. Charles Dickens makes it clear that orphans were badly treated in the olden days. Orphans used to be beaten just like Oliver Twist when we had asked for more food. Children were badly treated because as it is told in Oliver Twist, children had to climb chimneys, a lot of times children used to get stuck in the chimneys and would die. However this did not affect anyone, people used to send more orphans up in to the chimneys to finish the job. The main characters in the novel are Pip, Magwitch, Mrs Joe Gargery and Joe Gargery. Magwitch Magwitch is an escaped convict who is a fearful man and seems quite rough and messy. ...read more.

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Furthermore, another theme of this novel is crime, 'I had begun by asking questions and I was going to rob Mrs Joe'. Pip thinks he is turning out to be a thief in the novel. This is because earlier on in the novel Pip had been asking Mrs Joe Gargery too many questions. Mrs Joe Gargery had told Pip ' All convicts start by asking lots of questions, just like you!'. Another Pip thinks that he is turning out to be a thief is because he ask he goes down the stairs to meet the convict and give him food a voice in his head screams 'STOP THIEF!'. Charles Dickens puts a convict in his novel, which relates to crime. The convict in this novel is Magwitch who has escaped. 'He turned me upside down and emptied my pocking. This also shows crime in the novel. This is because Magwitch sees Pip and threatens him to bring 'whittles', ' I'll cut your throat'. Magwitch threatens Pip and tells him that he is not alone in the graveyard. Magwitch tells him there is a boy with him who will kill him wherever he is he also tells him that the boy can also kill him when he will be in his warm cosy bed putting his blankets over his head to keep away form the danger. ...read more.

Conclusion

Charles Dickens creates a suspenseful atmosphere. This is because the weather is cloudy and misty anyone can come out of the fog and appear on the graveyard. To conclude I think that the first two chapter of the novel are engaging. They both build suspense. In the first chapter the Pip meets a convict called Magwitch who threatens hit to bring food and tools or else he would die. As Pip does do this in a way Magwitch and Pip become friends. Also suspense is created in the second chapter as Magwitch is caught and has to go back from where he had come from. The reader is left suspense by thinking if Magwitch and Pip would ever meet again. The novel does not have any relevance to day. This is because orphans are not treated the same as they were in the 1800s. Orphans do not have to climb chimneys and maybe even die. They are not like young workers nowadays. Orphans are given love and are treated like any other child in this world would be treated. They don't have to work at such a young age. Orphans are educated and loved by families who are willing to look after them. Sonia Nabi ...read more.

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