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Great Expectations

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"Great Expectations" Charles Dickens In this essay I shall be trying to determine how Charles Dickens creates a world of violence and humour in the first four chapters of "Great Expectations." "Great Expectations" was written by Charles Dickens in 1860, it was finally published in 1861, having first been serialised in newspapers. The novel is about a boy named Philip who became known as Pip. He dreams of becoming a gentleman and he becomes one. Throughout the book Pip grows up from being a shallow less boy, to a man of full depth of character. The book is written as a first person narrative. Dickens audience followed his development in weekly episodes by reading the newspapers. The weekly serialisation of 'Dickens' book gave him a regular audience. Throughout 'Great Expectations' 'Dickens' explores such themes as social class, justice, hierarchy, truthfulness and the truth of love. Many people today still enjoy reading "Great Expectations" because they like to compare their lifestyles today with those described in the book. During the book Pip has the desire to become a gentleman, this compares to having a good job in today's lifestyle. In the first four chapters of "Great Expectations" Dickens creates a world of violence and humour. ...read more.

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The second chapter starts with Pip worrying about how long his sister Mrs Joe is going to be until she gets back from looking for him. "Has she been long?" This shows that Pip is anxious because he is scared of what his sister will do to him. He is also scared of the "tickler" as Joe explains that she is going to use her "painful - end of wax." At this point Pip cannot hide his fear "I twisted the only button on my waistcoat round and round in great depression at the fire." When Mrs Joe comes back from looking for Pip, she asks where he has been "Where have you been all day, you monkey?" By using the word 'Monkey' she implies a sense of worry because Pip was orphaned at birth and Mrs Joe has looked after Pip ever since he was born. However she does show a sign of violence, not psychically but in her speech and body language. "The slicing and the buttering of the bread." Implies that her body language is violent because she is slicing the bread vigorously During this chapter Dickens manages to use humour to involve the reader and to keep them interested. ...read more.

Conclusion

Humour also occurs when Mrs Joe fetches some brandy, that Pip had stolen and had filled the bottle up with tar, for Mr Pumblecook. When Mr Pumblecook starts to drink the so-called brandy he chokes and coughs. "Turning around...in a spasmodic whooping - cough dance... violently plunging... making hideous faces. Pips conscience is all over the place and he is extremely worried about what Mrs Joe will say. At this point Pip runs for the door. "I released the leg of the table, and ran for my life." In conclusion I believe that, Dickens has successfully written the book "great Expectations" using violence and humour effectively. He does this very well in the first four chapters by creating a great setting, atmosphere with good balanced chapters well, which the reader can relate to. By writing the novel in diary/autobiography format "Dickens" creates great tension and feel to each chapter, he can also describe scenes and characters well. He involves Pip during the book, which adds personal violence and humour through his way to becoming a gentleman. "Great Expectations" is an interesting novel that shows life as it was in those days. Although it was hard to understand, the more I studied it I felt that opened up a whole new self-interpretation to the book. 1 ...read more.

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