• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Great Expectations

Extracts from this document...


Great Expectations In this piece of coursework I have been asked to find out how atmosphere and mood is established in the first chapter of the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens was born on February 7th, 1812 and spent the first nine years of his life living in the coastal regions of Kent. When he turned twelve his father got arrested and taken to debtor's prison. While his family moved to prison with Charles' father, the mother arranged for Charles to live along outside the prison. Charles eventually becomes a law clerk, then a court reporter and finally a novelist. Charles Dickens published extensively and was considered a literacy celebrity until his death in 1870. In the novel 'Great Expectations' many events from Dickens's early life are mirrored. The main character in this novel is a boy named Pip. Pip lived in the marsh country, worked at a job he hates, considered himself too good for his surroundings and experienced material success in London at a very early age. This is exactly what Charles Dickens lived like and thought like. This makes the novel semi-autobiographical. During the beginning of the chapter Pip describes the atmosphere by saying 'Ours was the marsh, down by the river, within, as the river wound twenty miles of the sea.' ...read more.


This is Pip describing himself when he was in the graveyard, the mood is frightening and the atmosphere was plain. Once Pip is all of a sudden grabbed by Magwitch, the mood changes 'Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!' From this quote you can see how this happens. The mood all of sudden has a sign of panic, out of nowhere a man grabs Pip. It also makes the mood even more frightening than it is by using an exclamation point; it makes the reader feel that Magwitch is shouting. Magwitch is then introduced into the story from this event. Pip uses adjectives effectively to describes Magwitch as being frightful, 'A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shades, and with an old rag tied round his head.' This is the first to sentences to describe Magwitch and it makes a panicking mood. 'A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin' This description of Magwitch shows how injured and battered he is. ...read more.


The mood is firstly created in this chapter by talking about the churchyard; I feel the mood starts off by giving the audience a scent of fear, nettles all around Pip makes the mood seem dangerous, bit by bit the mood gets more intense until it builds up to a climax. More fearful things occur until Magwitch actually grabs Pip. Panic is then brought into the mood from this action but as the mood starts to climax it begins to lighten up. This happens because sympathy is brought in when Magwitch realises Pips' mother and father are dead. Over the entire chapter the mood it is made to build up until it climaxes and then starts to drop down. By building up it helps to make the reader feel they are living the story, this helps to make the reader read on. I feel Charles Dickens is successful in what he has been trying to do in this chapter; he is able to create dramatic atmosphere and mood by using vivid description to describe the scenery and the characters. I feel by doing this it has made the reader want to read on more, Charles has done this by making the reader feel they are Pip in the story, the reader automatically wants to know what happens next. Nathan Whitehead 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Great Expectations Essay -

    Joe believes that getting raised by hand polishes a person, gives them manners and enables them to becomes a better a person even though Pip was afraid of her punishments and would sometimes get punished for asking a question. This Technique by Charles Dickens was very clever as when we saw Pip getting abused by Mrs.

  2. Great Expectations

    This shows the reader Pip has grown up quickly. As readers, we understand how Pip is mentally blocking himself out as a child and is thinking in a mature way. Pip also has 5 deceased Siblings: "To five little lozenges, earn about a foot and a half long which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and

  1. Great Expectations - Character Introduction

    The weather is gusty and cold, the sea is described as a "Distant savage lair," the graveyard is "Overgrown with nettles," and the surrounding area is described as a "Dark flat wilderness." The many adjectives here create quite a depressing description of the area where no child should be alone.

  2. Examine how Dickens uses the characters Pip and Magwitch to explore themes, attitudes and ...

    The typical horror story description of a dark and gloomy place. He then goes to talk about the graves there and the names of the people on them. Five children, a mother and a father are then listed and the reader is given the assumption that these people are Pip's family.

  1. great expectations

    Pips kindness makes a deep impression on the Convict and so he helps him later in the story. I think even if he Convict did not blackmail Pip he would still of helped him, because he is a very helpful and conciderate little boy.

  2. Of Mice And Men Chapter 7

    Her limbs twisted in a cruel and nauseating manner, her open eyes staring into nothingness, the shock of her murder still apparent in her face. Upon further investigation of the body it was discovered that certain marks on her head and arms show signs of molestation prior to her murder.

  1. Great Expectations

    Miss Havisham leads Pip to believe that she is his benefactor. However we discover that this is not true, and that it is in fact Abil Magwitch this is a clever plot device because Dickens makes you to believe that Miss Havisham is Pip's benefactor then twists the story to make the unexpected happen.

  2. the importance of magwitch in great expectations

    He completely alters the reader's expectations. Through his characterisation, Dickens shows the audience that criminals like magwitch do the things they do for a reason and deep inside they are actually 'noble' people. Through magwitch, the readers can see that crime was dealt with very harshly during Victorian times.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work