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Examine Chapter One of "Great Expectations". How does Dickens make the reader empathize with the character Pip? Dickens was from the area of Essex of which the story was set in. This allows Dickens to write in a lot of detail about the landscape and it will allow it to be a very accurate description. The title "Great Expectations" makes the reader think about whom the great expectations are about and what are the great expectations. The book has many different twists in it, for example when Pip finds out that Magwitch is the benefactor not Havishan. The twists make the story an exciting adventure for the reader. Dickens opens the novel and introduces Pip using the first person voice. This makes the story very personal and this means that it limits our knowledge about what happens in the story. Dickens uses the first person voice so the reader feels biased towards Pip and so the can be twists the plot. Dickens then starts to tell the reader about Pip's pride in his family and this shows the reader that Pip wants to have a family. After that Dickens wants the reader to feel empathetic for Pip because his "infant tongue" can't pronounce his full name Phillip Pirrip. From this part of the paragraph you gather that it is the adult Pip is telling this story. ...read more.


After this Dickens then shows that Pip is also scared because he then tells us that the wind was coming from its "savage lair," the sea. "Savage lair" tells the reader that the wind is an animal and it is attacking Pip, and this is what is making Pip frightened. Dickens now tells the reader that Pip is a "bundle of shivers" and this means he has been reduced to something less than human through fear and loneliness. The setting makes the atmosphere gloomy and dark and Dickens does this by using a large range of vocabulary and sentences. It is significant that Dickens makes the convict appear immediately after paragraph three where he establishes Pip's isolation and loneliness. It is significant because it allows the story to develop from it. This is to show that the Pip and the convict are similar. The convict started from behind the gravestones and this tells the reader that it frightened Pip. Pip could believe that it is one of his family members coming back from the dead to take him to his family. At the end of the third paragraph Pip is a "bundle of shivers", this would make Pip more scared of the convict because he wouldn't have expected it. Also this shows there is a relationship between Pip and the convict because the convict was also "clasping himself." ...read more.


Pip's emotions at this time are worried, scare and misery. After this Dickens talks about the silhouette of a "gibbet" and of a "beacon." These are significant because the "beacon" is unlit and this makes the reader think about a lack of hope and death. Silhouettes are black and black is associated with these things. The "gibbet" has chains on it and this may remind Pip of the convict because of the iron on his leg. Pip thinks that the convict is going back to "hook himself" back up. The "gibbet" symbolises death and this again is associated with black. This makes Pip more frightened than he was before. These events allow the reader to get ready for the next chapter, and Pip for the next day, and this also creates a cliff-hanger because the reader wonders whether Pip will help the convict or not. Dickens makes the reader empathise with Pip's emotions, for example; his loneliness or upset about not being with his family. In this part of the stories there are many different events and this allows Dickens to continue on in the rest of the story. He is able to do this because he has explained who Pip is and what has happened to his family. Dickens doesn't need to tell the reader anything else about the background of Pip's life so it is easy for him to finish off the story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Attwood 10K Pre 1914 Prose Coursework ...read more.

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