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Great Expectations

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Introduction

Great Expectations "Great Expectations" was written in the Victorian times, as a magazine serialization, by Charles Dickens in the years of 1860 and 1861. Great Expectations reflects the life of a young boy named Pip who is orphaned and taken by a blacksmith's family. He grows up to become a gentleman, which is the main theme of this novel. Right from the first chapter, Dickens builds up tension. We are introduced to this tale's protagonist Pip, who is the narrator of this tale. So we as the reader see everything through Pip's eyes. Pip appears as a lonely figure at an isolated and dark graveyard, staring at his parent's tombstones. This starts to build up a tense atmosphere, because it seems extraordinary that a little boy is out alone in a graveyard. In fact, Dickens uses three distinctive ways to build up tension, even before Magwitch appears. The first way he does this is by using the weather to reflect human's emotions and moods. We can evidently establish this when we read, "the wind was rushing in" and that was a "memorable raw afternoon". This gives us the impression that the weather wasn't very pleasant, the wind was icy, cold and bitter. ...read more.

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If Pip didn't bring these things then he threatened to "take his heart and liver out". This makes Pip feels vulnerable and powerless, and we as the audience can evidently see that Magwitch as an adult, abuses his authority, because he very well knows that Pip is only a small child and is very gullible.. Even though this opening chapter may be really frightening, it is still an important and exciting chapter, as Pip has a very unexpected meeting with Magwitch and this one meeting, as we will see later on changes Pip's life forever. By the second extract we can see a lot of remarkable changes In Pip, before we see him living with his brother in law Joe in the countryside, however he now lives with Herbert Pocket, in London and is now a wealthy, affluent and prosperous gentlemen. A gentleman in this novel has two ideas. One idea is that a gentleman is made what he is by his social status or class. Another idea that has been addressed by Dickens is that being a true gentleman is a matter of virtue and honesty. In this chapter we can see the first idea displayed of being a true gentleman by Pip. ...read more.

Conclusion

So he is evidently disgusted by this and loathes Magwitch, as he listens to a "terrible beast". However further on in the novel we can see great changes within Magwitch and Pip. In the Victorian era, if a person committed a crime, then because the prisons were filled to capacity with wrongdoers, they were sent to Australia, where they could earn money, and have an ordinary life. There was one condition though, which is that they never return to England. However Magwitch breaks this requirement, because the temptation to see Pip gets the better of him, and he escapes to England to see him. Eventually he does get caught and he is sentenced to death. As Magwitch lire there dying in prison, we can see a distinctive change in Pip. He has gone from being a selfish and conceited gentleman, to a humble, modest and dignified gentleman. The reader can see this, when Pip feels guilty for Magwitch, "once meaning to desert him". Also Pip is concerned about Magwitch, when he asks, "Are you in much pain to-day". So from this quote we can see the change that has occurred to Pip. Indeed, Pip has become a true gentleman, in having respect for others, treating others equally, and also looking after other people and family. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amal Morjaria ...read more.

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