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How Does Dickens Elicit Sympathy for His Protagonist Pip? Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and past away in 1870. Dickens was born into quite a poor family. He attended a small school until he was 12 and got a job sticking the labels onto the sides of bottles. He did not enjoy this job to the presence of vermin on the premises. His parents and siblings got arrested for being in deep debt so Dickens visited them in jail. This led him into a route of life where he had no friends and no reliable source of money. After this he got a job at a solicitor which made him fell even more strongly towards his views that lie and law were unjust. He may have thought this originally because of his parents' arrests'. Working at the solicitor made Dickens realise that money made life a lot easier and that lack of money brought poverty and sadness. Dickens started his writing career by writing for magazines and newspapers. Most of his money came from a monthly magazine. This is where a part of his story would be published in each issue of the magazine and the next part of the book is in the next issue. ...read more.


This could relate to when Dickens' parents got arrested and he was left all alone in the dark, the corridors, with only the hope of seeing them and the chance of their release at heart, which could resemble the candle. Satis house would be laid out in a darker way than it would be today de to the time that the book was written. This was during the gothic era during which other books such as Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' were written. This gives you a feel of the time in which 'Great Expectations' was written in. When Pip enters Satis house he is probably very afraid. This wasn't helped by the treatment he faced from Estella. Though she called me "boy" so often, with a carelessness that was far from complimentary, she was of about my own age. She seemed much older than I, of course, being a girl, and beautiful and self-possessed; and she was as scornful of me as if she had been one-and-twenty, and a queen. This kind of grown-up and almost insulting behaviour from someone his own age must have made Pip feel very intimidated and worried of the impression he would give as he clearly likes her when he says "being a girl, and beautiful". ...read more.


When he sees Mrs Haversham he does think she is strange because he says, "With her head leaning on that hand, sat the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see". This was probably quite an awkward moment for Pip as he almost certainly didn't know how to react to seeing her, as he said, "Sat the strangest lady I have ever seen, or will ever see". His views of Mrs Haversham are quite likely to be changed as he sees that everything that she has by her or on her is aged and yellow. "Everything within my view which ought to be white, and had been white long ago, had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow". This would seem very strange to Pip as most of the things in his house, that were meant to be white, were white and not allowed to age and go yellow as his strict sister-come-mother would not allow it. When Pip enters the room he says nothing of a greeting as he is so taken a-back by his surroundings and the woman sitting in the chair. When Mrs Haversham finally speaks and breaks the silence she does so in a way that shows to affection or welcoming. "Who is it?" This is what Mrs Haversham says in welcome to Pip. It's not really what you would expect as a greeting so he probably felt a bit bashful. . ...read more.

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