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Great Expectations

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With Reference To the First Three Chapters, How does Dickens convey a sense of sympathy for the child Pip, and menace for the convict, Magwitch? Charles Dickens was, and still is one of the best novelists who ever lived. His stories were based on experiences of him and people he knew. The most famous of his novels, Great Expectations has links to his life. For example, he trained to be a blacksmith before he started writing; his father was a convict in the Victorian times which holds true to the character of Magwitch. In the first chapter Dickens describes a young boy, Phillip Pirrip, who calls himself Pip running across the marshes to get to a graveyard where his parents lie. We get a sense of sympathy for Pip as the atmosphere seems cold with whistling winds and gibbets around the marshes. When pip gets to the graveyard he gathers a likeness of his parents faces as he never saw them. ...read more.


That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself, of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver.' Out of fear, Pip returns to his home just off the marshes, only to run into more trouble. When Pip returns home, it is only the blacksmith who greets him, he explains of how Pip's sister has been out 12 times looking for him and now she has tickler with her. Tickler is a stick in which Joe and Pip get beaten with. It is a bit contradictory as the name tickler suggests a light feather which is used for a treat every now and then, but it is actually the complete opposite. It is used on a regular basis, most of the time for no reason. When Mrs. Joe Gargery returns, Pip hides in fear of getting beaten again and he does not want that so Joe hides him behind the door. ...read more.


He approaches the first convict and explains about the other convict he saw. This is when we start to feel sympathy for the original convict Dickens describes him as 'hugging himself, limping to and fro.' We feel that he has been out all night so he is cold, hungry and restricted. He devours the food and Pip says he must return after asking how the convict likes his food. He leaves him filing away at his iron shackles. Pip returns to his house without anymore fear of the convict himself as he has seen this vulnerable side to him. We still feel sympathy for pip as he has experienced the scariest times of his life in two days. In conclusion, Dickens creates a sense of sympathy for Pip and eventually Magwitch, the convict by showing their vulnerable sides. He creates a sense of menace from not only Magwitch, but of Pip's sister as well, in some ways she is worse than Magwitch as she feels she has no reason to look after pip but Magwitch has just escaped from prison so he needs food and warmth. ...read more.

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