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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations Coursework- Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip in the first part of the novel. Great Expectations is a novel published in 1861 by Charles Dickens. The protagonist and narrator of the novel goes by the name of 'Pip'. Pip is a young 8 year old boy who strives to be educated to impress the girl he loves, Estella. Rated as a middle class boy life becomes a struggle for young Pip while meeting the wild range of characters which Charles Dickens creates. The story is told by Pip himself in an advanced manner telling us from the beginning that Pip achieves his goal to become a 'Gentleman'. We realise that the novel is a Bildungsroman since it has all the ingredients for it: Desire, poor social conditions, love, education, ancestry and although the book was written by Charles Dickens it is expressed through the eyes of Pip. We approach Pip in the start next to his mother and fathers graves at the church. At this time Pip begins to discover the world and his interpretation of his mother and father are realised from the handwriting on their tombstones, poor Pip thinks his mothers name is 'Also Georgiana'. ...read more.

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Pip has been driven to shiver all night long from the thought of his 'heart and liver being torn out'. The convict affects Pips future personality as his sister is left unconscious by a blow on her head leaving the file which he gave to 'his convict' as the only evidence on site. Since Pip is guilty of stealing, the roaring weather does not help him, 'spider webs' are spun to trap him. Pip sees two ways in life, a 'gibbet' and a 'beacon'; this symbolises the good or bad path he can choose to take. Pip sees himself hung on the 'gibbet' showing us that Pip, at that moment is going towards that and wants to avoid it. We can only imagine the fright that has developed in this poor young boy. At first sight of Estella Pip is struck by love although Estella immediately attacks him with powerful words which Pip finds 'insulting'. Pip realises that the mansion he is in and all who live in it are rich and do not need to lift a finger. You wouldn't need to eat in a kitchen or cook your food; you would have it made for you, brought to you and could even choose to be spoon fed. ...read more.

Conclusion

In chapter 10 and before education in the Victorian era is revealed to us. Pip's teacher (Mr Wopsles great aunt) likes to get her beauty sleep while the children she is supposedly teaching riot. Pip's struggle to be educated is explained, Biddy, being the only wise one in the class helps Pip through this struggle by teaching him and she becomes a loyal friend to Pip. Dickens uses Biddy as a tool to tell us how Pip is feeling at different times in the novel so we can see development. Pip evolves from the young, frightened orphan at the start of the novel into an educated, brave and independent gentleman at the end. Pip meets a huge range of caricatures which Dickens creates to reveal every step and change as Pip progress's, we watch every step as he matures. Great expectations is a bildungsroman assuring us that we understand every aspect of Pip's life as he matures. I believe Dickens has attempted to improve education through this novel and has achieved it, all potential should be recognised. Dickens has managed to create a wonderful character that goes through many different events and at the end his protagonist is a respected, educated 'gentleman'. Hosain Hadi 11T Coursework Page No. 1 Hosain Hadi 11T Coursework Page No. 1 ...read more.

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