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How Did Dickens Create Sympathy For His Characters In The Opening Extract Of "Great Expectations" Dickens wrote Great Expectations in 1860, this was in the Victorian times . In the opening of the extract we are introduced to a young child called Pip , whose parents are dead .Pip is at an unattended graveyard when a strange looking man came and grabbed Pip . Dickens wanted sympathy for the poor because when he was young he knew how it felt to be poor ,he wrote this book to show the rich how they lived and try to change society .Dickens own family were in prison so he knew what the conditions were like and he wanted to change it all. Dickens used a lot of devices to create sympathy including the way he used his characters , the way the he structured the opening to tell us quickly about Pip's background. Dickens gains a lot of sympathy by the he describes Pip's background information. ...read more.


by saying this he is ordering Pip and Pip can not do anything about it because Magwitch is a fully grown man ,so Pip is defenceless boy .That is where Dickens creates the sympathy for Pip Dickens shows Magwitch as a wild beast that cant be tamed he describes him in an animalistic way by the he "glared and growled" this is a comparison of when an animal is staring at it's the idea he growled at Pip would make Pip scared reminding the reader of an animal on the attack .This would of scared ,this is where we fell sorry for Pip. The way Magwitch treats and speaks to Pip. Creates even more sympathy for Pip. Magwitch also tells Pip to get him some food and something to get his chain off "you get me a file" and "you get me wittles" and threatened him if he didn't "or ill have your heart and liver out" Magwitch orders Pip to get him a file so that he can remove the iron from his leg the reason he threatened Pip was to make sure Pip did what he asked or he would die. ...read more.


Dickens describes Magwitch's body language as shuddering this creates even more sympathy for Magwitch. "he hugged his shuddering body" this show that Magwitch is not mentally stable which means he could do something dangerous at the drop of a hat . Magwitch is not as tough as he first appeared an example of this that he makes up a fictional character to keep the fear Pip .Again this cowardly nature is shown when Magwitch asks where Pip mum and dad and he starts to run away. In conclusion Dickens created a lot of sympathy for Pip this was achieved this by the way Pip was portrayed as a orphan, another way was how he was harshly treated by Magwitch .Dickens also created a little bit of sympathy for Magwitch , the way the writer described his suffering was very effective, also at the start he seemed very tough but as the extract went on we saw that he was only pretending to be tough . ...read more.

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