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Emma Keaney 10PH Charles Dickens Coursework Essay How does Dickens create sympathy for pip in the opening chapters of great expectations? In the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations' Dickens uses many techniques to create sympathy towards Pip. The novel focuses on Pip as a young boy and an adult; many things happen to him during the novel. The text is told in first person, looking through Pips eyes, so the reader sees all the life changes that he goes through, from childhood through to adulthood. This technique makes us sympathetic towards him because we see how scared and defenceless he feels as a child. The novel shows Pip looking back to when he was a child and uses two voices, the adult Pip and the child Pip "I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly". This is just one of the techniques that Dickens uses throughout the novel. Chapter one is set in the graveyard where Pip is alone looking at his family gravestone. "I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard;" this shows the reader how unhappy Pip feels in this place. Also in chapter one the marshes are described, "that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes". ...read more.


This shows the reader she likes to keep herself to herself and that she doesn't really look after it as they are all rusty. When pip walks into the room where Mrs Havasham is the room is really unorganised and messy, "and half packed trunks, were scattered about. She had not quite finished dressing for she had but one shoe on, the other was on the table near her hand, her veil was but half arranged, her watch and chain were not put on, and some lace for her bosom lay with those trinkets. And with her handkerchief, and gloves, and some flowers, and a prayer book, all confusedly heaped about the looking-glass." This shows the reader she is very careless. The language in chapter eight is much different than chapter one because Mrs Havasham's and Estella's language is much more formal but Pip's language is still fairly uneducated but quite common. "He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy! 'Said Estella with disdain,'" Pips language when he speaks is quite common, "Mr Pumblechook's boy, ma'am - come to play." This shows the reader that Pip is uneducated, but still polite and is trying to set a good impression. Estella thinks she is better than Pip because she has been educated and had a posh upbringing, "With this boy! Why, he is a labouring-boy!" ...read more.


And all the way though reading it, it reminded me off all the good times I had with Pip. (Sighs) It made me smile and filled me with hope that he would come back for me...... I remember when Joe asked me to marry him. I was so shocked it made me so happy, though not long before I had just got my teaching job so it felt like all my luck was finally changing for the better. (Pause, and look down) But then Pip came back. He... He asked me to marry him. (Sits back down and puts the book on the table) I was so confused. After all this time, he came back, just after I had got with Joe. Why after all this time? I remember when Pip gave me this book. I remember every word he said, it was 'I will come back Biddy, I will.' And I believed him. How stupid was I! (Pause) Well it's too late now, I'm with Joe, I'm happier then I have been in ages, he's such a wonderful man, I don't know what id do without him. (Pause) But I can't help thinking about Pip. I really want him to be happy, I really want him to find someone good that will take care of him and I hope he is happy. ...read more.

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