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Great Expectations In the first chapter of Great Expectations Charles Dickens creates a very intense image of the marshes. This is the first place he describes and he makes the marshes sound like a very creepy and bewildering place. "Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea". The words marsh and the river makes the marshes sound like a very damp, muddy and bleak place. Also in the first chapter Charles Dickens describes the churchyard as "Bleak place overgrown with nettles". Dickens also describes the churchyard s a very " Overgrown and bleak place". A graveyard is supposed to be a happy place that revitalises and refreshes kind, happy memories. I think this implies that death is all around no matter where you look. I think this because everything is "overgrown" and not looked after and the "nettles" are killing all of the beautiful plants so death is also involved there as well. Dickens also says about the marshes in the first chapter " And that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes: and that the low leaden line beyond was the river: and the distant savage liar from which the wind was rushing was the sea". This quote represents a dark and unforgiving future for Pip and that there is no one out there in the wilderness to care for him. ...read more.


This makes the house sound supernatural and like it is in a world of its own. The house makes Pip feel insecure and it makes him feel like he doesn't know himself. Also the words "ship at sea" implies that Pip is on a new voyage because he is meeting different people and going on new journeys. In chapter eight Dickens portrays Satis house and explains how the entrance has got two chains across it, which acts as a prison. This shows that Miss Havisham has become a prisoner and has imprisoned herself in her own house. " The great front entrance had two chains across it outside- and the first thing I noticed was that the passages were all dark". This also ties in with chapter one because Miss Havisham has imprisoned herself and Magwitch has escaped from prison. The word 'dark' reveals that Miss Havisham lives in complete darkness because she has imprisoned herself from light because she has closed all the shutters and windows so the light doesn't peer through. Dickens later on writes bout Miss Havisham's brewery yard in a very negative way and he implies death is all around and this ties in with chapter one and this is why the brewery yard is deserted. " To be sure it was a deserted place". Also the word 'no' is repeated often because this reveals that everything in the brewery yard is dead including animal and this is why it's deserted. ...read more.


He's always been like a friend to Joe but because now Pip has been taught wrong what the cards are called he feels ashamed and embarrassed and blames Joe for it. " They had never troubled me before, but they troubled me now, as vulgar appendages. I determined to ask Joe why he had never taught me to call those picture- cards, Jacks, which ought to be called Knaves. After this Pip is feeling even smaller and very scared. He is scared of Estelle because of the way he was brought up by his sister in a very strict and punishable way. This has made Pip feel sensitive and very vulnerable when around Estelle. " My sister's bringing up had made me sensitive. In the little world in which children have their existence, whoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. In a great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and sensitive. Dickens creates imaginative and passionate images of people and places by the novel being serialised. Dickens teases us by not telling us more of the story and leaving it exciting and imaginative moments. The favourite image in my mind Dickens has created for me when Pip was stood outside Satis house and entrance and it had chains across it which made it look like a prison you were trapped in. It creates and very strong and dark image in my mind and it was like I was there visualising the entrance of Satis house. ...read more.

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