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Introduction

What is the importance of chapter one and two to our understanding of the novel? "Great Expectations." In this essay I am going to discuss the importance of chapters one and two to our understanding of Dickens' famous novel, Great Expectations. First of all, I will consider how the first two chapters help us to understand the characters more fully. Then I will consider how the two chapters help the reader understand the writer's skill. Finally, I will explain how they help the reader gain an understanding of nineteenth century life. Dickens was a 19th century writer who tried to influence social attitudes. He wrote the book called "Great Expectation" to show people how prisoners were being treated and the children were being exploited - having to work when they should have been at school. Dickens uses a lot of techniques. One of them is that he makes the reader see the situation through a young orphan boy's eyes. "The shapes of the letters on my father's grave give me an odd idea that he was a square stout, dark man." This shows that Pip was a lonely child and did not have a happy childhood despite his parent's death. The story is told through a young orphan's boy's eyes because this will have more affect on the reader. This is because a child will express his fears and will have more fear than an adult. ...read more.

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Pip is a really kind, lonely and frightened boy. Despite his parents' death at his early age he did not had any happiness in his life. Pip was kind to adults and respected them but people didn't treat him well. They shouted at him and scared him like the convict and his sister. He couldn't rely on his parents because they weren't there and he couldn't rely on his sister. Pips sister wouldn't let Pip speak or ask any questions unless there were any visitors. "I did ask questions but she never was polite, unless there was company." Dickens method here is to show the reader that a child will ask a lot of nice and silly questions. They should be answered back in a kind and a gentle way. Because a child wants to explore and wants to learn about the life ahead of him. We know that Pip lost his parents at an early age and he didn't learn much from them. He didn't go to school to learn because he couldn't afford to go school. Every time he asks his sister she doesn't answer him and she shouts at him to make him sit quietly. Through chapter one and two, the reader finds out a lot about Pip's sister, Mrs Joe Gargery. She is known as the person who bought pip up by hand. ...read more.

Conclusion

"A fearful man all in course grey with an old rag tied on his leg. A man with no hat and with broken shoes and with an old rag tied around his head." The clues dickens put into this quote are all about, how the prisoners were being treated and how the conditions were inside the prisons. The second clue is that the escaped convict was wearing broken shoes and dirty clothes. The reader learns here that inside the prison, prisoners didn't received cleaned clothes, they didn't received enough food and the medical conditions were very bad. In the above essay I have looked at the importance of chapter one and two to our understanding of the novel? "Great expectation." Through every paragraph I have talked about pip's life, sadness and fear and how dickens makes the reader imagine the situation pip is in. The first point in some paragraphs I made is about people, how they treat pip and how he treats others. The second point I made is about his life, the loneliness, fear and sadness. This point has a lot of affect on the reader because he is a young orphan child who is in a really bad situation. He lost his parents and is getting threatened by the convict and his sister. The only one he has left in his life and he can probably trust is her sister's husband "Mr Joe Gargery." ?? ?? ?? ?? Sayed Hashimi 10b2 28.02.06 ...read more.

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