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Great expectations

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Pip's meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham are life changing events for him. How Dicken has's described the meetings to make them powerful, dramatic and memorable? Introduction Great expectations is about an orphan who meets several important people in his life. This changes him dramatically and makes him a better person. At the beginning he has nothing but then he meets a person who later on in the story becomes his benefactor. The meetings with Magwitch and Miss Havisham are significant in Pip's life because it turns around the way he acts and the way he is. The moment he meets Miss Havisham and Estella he wants to become a gentlemen which he later on for fills in the story. Pip's meeting with Magwitch Pip meets the convict Magwitch when he is on the way to visit his dead parents in a graveyard. Straight away this makes the reader feel sympathy for Pip who is now an orphan. ...read more.


Dickens also describes Magwitch as a convict." with a great iron around his leg" This shows how cruelly treated he was when he was a convict Magwitch also seems frightening because of the way Dickens describes him. "Glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin". This displays him as a fearsome person as his teeth chattered while he seized Pip by the chin. This causes anxiety all over Pips body while he shivers in fear. The setting is also very important. The story beings with a convict popping out of a desolate area in the shadows. This opening creates tension straight away. The setting is described as a "dark, flat wilderness" to create suspense upon the story and give the setting an uneasy feeling all over. Dickens uses powerful language to describe the setting. He describes the sea as a savage lair. ...read more.


"Seemed colder than the clearer air - like our marsh mist." This demonstrates my point but not only is it empty in the house it is also empty in Miss Havishams heart. Miss Havishams appearance is described as "corpse-like" and also "her sunken eyes". Dickens has written these quotes because it is like Miss Havisham is a woman with no emotions no more. She is described like a walking dead person without no heart or soul. Another significant point is that both Miss Havisham and also Estella look down at Pip like he is nothing. Estella repeatedly calls him a "common labouring boy" this clearly shows how she feels about him. Also further into the story Estella once again looks down at him. This time she gets Pip food and then places the food on the floor like Pip is some dog. I know this as it says "She put the mug down on the stones of the yard, and gave me the bread and meat without looking at me, as insolently as if I were a dog in disgrace". This clearly backs up my point. ...read more.

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