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Great expectations Chapter one opens with the introduction of pip the main character and narrator. It also opens by explaining to the reader how he got the name pip. Dickens speaks to us in the first person because it adds to the effect of that its pips personal view on his life. The effect of this is you feel pity for him, and you feel as if you get to know the character well. In the first chapter we learn that pip never knew his family and that they are dead, we know this because "as I never saw my father or my mother". Pip gives the reader an insight into his childish mind. We know this because he talks about his mum and dad from the tombstones "also Georgiana. That's my mother" he is saying his mums name as it was written on the tombstone. It makes us feel sorry for pip because he had lost 5 brothers it tells us this "five little brothers of mine-who gave up trying to get a living". ...read more.


This description reinforced the atmosphere of fear and tension because, pip is a young boy on his own in a black unused churchyard and he has been held by the throat by a man with jail clothes on and chains threatening to cut throat. The convict turns pip fear into terror threatening to cut his throat, and seizing him by the chin. The convict makes us believe he can easily overcome pip, be cruel and violent because Dickens uses. Phrases such as "keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat" This shows he can become cruel, violent easily in a matter of seconds, and is unpredictable. Dickens lightens the atmosphere in the part of the scene by him saying "what fat cheeks you ha got" we know its not a real threat, its quite a childish treat, the reader knows it isn't genuine therefore the threat is almost funny, this is how he lightens the atmosphere, also its humorous as pip says "also Georgiana that's my mother" this is humorous as he uses the exact words of the grave. ...read more.


Dickens use intense description of the landscape to get the scene. I think the use of Pip being first person and narrator this most affecting the reader as you feel like you get to know the character better. From reading the first chapter we learn about Victorian England is that everyone wore hats, if you didn't wear a hat people will be shocked because it is an insult and all men wore hats. We also learn death is more common and people accepted death. We also know that children had lots of respect for adults, unlike today, if you didn't show respect you would be punished. In the first chapter Dickens was trying to get the message of how hard it was for the working class people, He achieved this by using young Pip as an example of a poor boy. The message was for richer people because they would be the ones buying the books; this was to show how poor people actually were. The reader is left wondering what is going to happen next. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Fairclough ...read more.

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