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"Great Expectations" By Charles Dickens Charles Dickens Charles Dickens is best known as a writer of novels, many of which are read today and regularly used in stage productions, on television and in the cinema. He was also a journalist, he used his stories to get across what he felt were important messages. Although he tried to get his message across he wanted his work to be entertaining. In so doing, he created some of the most well remembered characters of English literature, such as Mr Pickwick, Oliver Twist and Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens wrote about Victorian life and particularly Victorian life in London. Dickens campaigned for things he believed in like the welfare and education of children. He addressed the public in public speakings and through his writings. "Great Expectations" Chapter one At the start of "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens introduces us to a boy called "Pip". This name is explained in the novels very first sentence and stated that this is the name he is commonly called by in the second. "My father's family name being Pirrip and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip. ...read more.


In chapter eight we are introduced to Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham is a woman who is quite old and not in the best of mental states. This is due to the fact her groom left her on the day of their wedding therefore Havisham has lived in her wedding dress ever since that day, the house is in the same way it was on the wedding day apart from any ageing that has occurred like the mould on her wedding cake. The name Havisham is a reference to the life she has lived. Her life is a sham. In away Miss Havisham and Magwitch's lives are similar, Magwitch was locked up in jail behind bars and Havisham imprisoned herself in her home by putting bars on all the windows and also she has become prisoner of her own mind. " Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred. There was a courtyard in front, and that was barred;" Before meeting Miss Havisham, Pip came across Estella. Although at the time the two were not formerly introduced to each other. She only called Pip, "Boy", she obviously doesn't care for other peoples feelings and also is quite snobbish and thinks she is superior to everyone. ...read more.


Despite her cruel treatment to Pip he is infatuated with her. The meeting with Miss Havisham and Estella ends with Estella locking the gate behind Pip and laughing at him for crying. 'Great Expectations' Language Charles Dickens uses descriptive writing throughout his novel. This is to give the reader an idea of the scenes so they can create a mental picture. This imagery makes things easier to understand, especially as 'Great Expectations' was originally written in serial form in the newspaper. So using imagery would make it easier for people to remember what had happened previously. Using a young Pip as the narrator makes the reader sad for pip as there is a childish point of view on things but the language used would of have to been very common as Pip is a commoner and relatively uneducated. This is where I think there is a conflict; at times the descriptive language used surpasses Pip's education and understanding of the words that are used. Personally I found the novel at times hard to take in because the sentences used were very descriptive but too long. This is what made it hard to read. However this is what makes his characters memorable. For example Scrooge was memorable and this is down to the writing style of Dickens. Despite at times finding it hard to understand 'Great Expectations' is a very good read which makes you think. ...read more.

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