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Great Expectations

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How Does Dickens Engage the Sympathy of the Reader in Pip's First Encounter with Mrs. Havisham? Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1861. The novel follows the life of young Pip through his childhood to his dreams of becoming a gentleman. At the beginning of the novel Pip is an orphan who lives with his sister Mrs. Joe and her husband Joe. Great Expectations deals with issues such as social class, love, expectations, and sympathy throughout the novel. Dickens creates sympathy from the beginning of the novel when Pip is approached by a wanted criminal whilst he was mourning his parents' deaths in the churchyard. Magwitch threatens Pip for his life to bring him a rasp and some food. Pip steals them from Mr. Joe to give to Magwitch and after giving them to Magwitch, scared Pip runs home. Later he is invited to play at Miss Havisham's house that is known to be rich and she was also rejected on her wedding day. Pip then falls in love with Miss Havisham's adopted daughter Estella, who has been brought up to brake men's hearts, but Pip finds Estella very proud, pretty and also insulting. ...read more.


In the example it says "...well lighted with candles." This shows that the whole house must be lighted with candles and the house has not seen daylight. It gives the reader the impression that the house must not have any windows or they have just been boarded up to stop the light from coming into the house. Charles shows sympathy towards Pip through the eccentric character of Miss Havisham. The evidence for this is "...dressed in rich materials - satins and lace and silks - all of white." This shows that Miss Havisham is rich and a bit strange at the same time because people do not wear these kinds of materials every day. There is also a contrast between Pip and Miss Havisham for the clothes they wear. Pip was dressed in his best clothes which consist of ripped trousers, an old hat, a scarf, a dirty baggy jacket and a pair of horrendous ripped shoes. Whereas Miss Havisham was dressed in a wealthy, ravishing white dress with glistening gold and silver jewellery and a pair of old yet beautiful white shoes. ...read more.


She purposely insults Pip and also puts him under pressure to lower his self esteem. Pips use of vocabulary towards others is polite. For example, "Yes ma'am..." This shows that Pip's use of vocabulary is very limited because he has not been educated as well as Estella and Miss Havisham. Pip still knows his respectful manners even when he has been put under pressure or if he is being insulted. Dickens' use of Pip as the narrator is very significant to the telling of the story. We are able to see the progression of Pip as he grows up and his views on the characters in the book. We form an idea about someone from their outward appearance, so having Pip as a narrator it creates a one-sided view about a character because we only see the world from Pip's eyes and we feel most strongly what Pip is feeling and we feel, about other character what Pip feels about them. It also shows the realistic side of the novel and creates an image by having Pip as the narrator. Dickens creates sympathy by telling the reader that Pip has never seen his mother & father, instead he sits on their graves trying to find clues that reflect their appearance and personality. ...read more.

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