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ENGLISH Great Expectations Coursework By Ben Hewison Charles Dickens was born on February 7th 1812, the son of John and Elisabeth Dickens. Charles Dickens father John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He had a poor head for finance and was in great debt and was imprisoned for this in 1824. Johns wife and children, with the exception of Charles was put to work at warrens Blacking Factory, and Johns wife and other children joined John at Marshalsea prison. When the family finances were put at least partly right and his father was released, the twelve-year-old dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother's insistence and Charles continued to work at the factory. His dad John rescued him from that fate and between 1824 and 1827 Dickens was a day pupil at a school in London. At 15 years old, he found employment as an office boy at an attorney, while he studied short hand at night. His brief stint at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life, he spoke of it only to his wife and his good friend, John Forster, but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and of the preoccupation with the themes alienation and betrayal which would emerge, most of all in David Copperfield and great expectations. ...read more.


One-day pip meets a convict out on the marshes whilst visiting his parent's gravestone, the convict robs Pip of what he has and asks him for some simple things like food and a file, Pip feels sorry for the convict and helps him out. The convict is soon recaptured, after a fight with another escaped convict, his enemy 'Compeyson'. Shortly afterwards, Pip is asked by his uncle Pumblechook, a local shopkeeper, to visit Miss Havisham at Satis House. In Havisham's house the time has stopped and has done so since she was stood up by her husband-to-be on her wedding day. Pip sees Estella, Miss Havisham's adopted daughter and falls hopelessly in love with her. On one occasion, Pip has a fight with a young boy in the grounds of Satis House, the boy loses, but then becomes a great friend of Pip later on in the story. Joe had an assistant called Orlick who he had a fight with over Pip when Pip worked for Joe, then Orlick became a huge enemy of the family after disabling Mrs Joe (pips sister) by hitting her round the head with a hammer. Pip receives a fortune from a mysterious benefactor. ...read more.


Magwitch asks him to meet him in the marshes with the stuff. Pip steals a pork pie and more food and the file for Magwitch, He takes the whittles and file to him the next day, Pip is really guilty and nervous, the Marshes sound as if they are a grey and dismal place it looks damp and misty, the marshes are stretched over a long distance, with banks and overgrown grass where the convicts hideout. Just beyond the marshes are the Hulks, as Pip runs through the marshes he sees a figure asleep by the river. But when he touches the man's shoulder, he suddenly realizes that he's got the wrong man. A second man has the same haggard and creepy look as the one Pip met yesterday, and Pip immediately assumes that it's that its Magwitch. Pip hands over the food to Magwitch and he digs in to it like a dog, tearing away at the food and not savouring the taste, Pip soon forgets the fear of Magwitch and starts to feel pity and feels sorry for him. Pip mentions to Magwitch about the other convict and Magwitch starts to get irritated and starts to file away the chains ...read more.

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