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Great Expectations

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Introduction

Great Expectations For this piece of essay, I am going to write a comparative analysis of chapters one and thirty nine for the Characters Pip and the Convict of Great Expectations. Great Expectation was written in 1860 by a really famous author named Charles Dickens. Not only being famous for writing great expectations Charles was also famous for such books called Oliver twist, A Christmas Carol, Hard Times and David Copperfield. Oliver Twist is still read by children in the 21st century. But sadly ending Charles Dickens life he died in a terrible rail crash. However Charles Dickens is still one of the most famous authors in English history. England was a really different place in the 19th century. At this time there was no free education for poor children they had to work hard at a young age to keep food on their table. Most children worked as coal miners which wasn't suitable for their age. Where as the rich people in those times were spoilt they had school and were treated as little kings by their parents. If people were really rich they would have had education at home, they had private teachers and the boys were taught to be gentlemen. The girls were taught how to sing play the piano and sew. In the 19th century if a person committed a crime they had to face time in prison and then suffer a terrible death by being hanged or getting executed. But in a new scheme in the 19th century people were also sent to serve time in the new world in the 21st century it is known as Australia. Great Expectations start with a young orphan boy named Pip, who lives with his sister and brother in law. Pip was in the graveyard once visiting his dead parents and siblings. Surprised by a Convict who needed help, Pip was threatened to give the Convict food, drink and a file. ...read more.

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He is in control because Pip is very worthless and has no power to stand up to the convict. The convict is hungry. 'He ate the bread ravenously' shows this. He is hungry because he hasn't had anything to eat after he had broken out of prison. The Convict is physically taking control. 'Took me by both arms' favours my point. He is taking control because he is threatening Pip to give him something he wants which is food and a file, so he can escape from the soldiers as you can see the convict is in desperate for these items as it will help him escape from the soldiers. The Convict is threatening Pip once again. 'He tilted me again' repetition used over and over again shows this. He is threatening Pip more so he is sure Pip is going to get him what he wants. Charles Dickens is pointing how scheming and careless the Convict is and how tragic it is to blackmail a young vulnerable orphan boy, who has no family that loves him. In chapter thirty nine the Convict is building suspense as he is coming towards Pip. There are several quotes to show this but I will only use one 'heard the footstep stumble in coming on'. Its is building suspense as it make the readers more fascinated by what is going to happen between Pip and the Convict. The Convict is pleased to see Pip. 'Being touched and pleased by the sight of me' supports this. He is pleased to see Pip as Pip gave him food and file at the opening scene in the book and he wants to thank him for that. The Convict is being affectionate towards Pip. 'Holding both hands to me' proves my point. He is being affectionate because he loves Pip for an unusual reason. The convict respects Pip. To support this, a quote says 'I wish to come in Master'. ...read more.

Conclusion

People change and they do it themselves for the better of it. Everyone has a good side in them they just have to let it out. This is what Dickens shows with the Convict in chapter thirty nine as an example. All these quotes show what Dickens didn't like about Victorian society. An eye for an eye. This is wrong because people should learn to forgive one another. Once a criminal always a criminal. This is wrong because some people want to change and do bad things against the law because they might have a reason. Humans should learn to trust. Children should be seen not heard. This is un-acceptable because some children are talented and play an important part in society. Bring back the cane. This is harsh because some children got hit by a cane for just saying a word, or telling their mates how they feel. Adults thought that hitting children will make them respect people, yes it is true but it leaves a mark of hatred later on those children's lives. Children have rights too. Education is for the rich. This is wrong because every one should be treated equally. All these quotes show what Dickens did like about Victorian society. Every one makes mistakes. This is true because Dickens is showing no one is perfect. Prison is for punishment. This is true because the individual has done the wrong thing and has to suffer for it. Prison is for rehabilitation. This is true because it reflects the individual to think about what they have done and what can be done to not do it the next time round. Dickens made the Victorians realise all this by making the characters in his novels live it out the truth in British Victorian society. Making the characters show all these problems in society. I personally think Dickens showed a huge part in political society. All these messages are important today, because we don't want these mistake to happen again, we don't want history to repeat it self. ...read more.

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