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Great Expectations and Brighton Rock

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Great Expectations and Brighton Rock The novels "Great Expectations" and "Brighton Rock" concern themselves, at least initially, with a young male protagonist. These are among some of the most memorable characters in literature. Both Pip in "Great Expectations" and Pinkie in "Brighton Rock" are summoned to meet characters that are socially superior. These characters are both rich and threatening. The lexical choices made by Charles Dickens in "Great Expectations" when describing Pip's first visit to Miss Havisham's house create an apprehensive and threatening atmosphere. The house is described as being made of "old brick" and having "many iron bars". This creates an image of a prison, which overwhelms the young Pip. In "Brighton Rock", Graham Greene places emphasis on the elegance and splendour of "The Cosmopolitan". Greene creates the impression that Pinkie is totally overwhelmed by the magnificence of "The Cosmopolitan", despite his protestations of the opposite. Both Pip and Pinkie are childish sounding names, which highlight the youth and inexperience of both characters. Pip does not understand the motives of Miss Havisham and Estella for summoning him to Satis house. ...read more.


This immediately makes the reader wary of her and creates curiosity as to what her intentions are towards Pip. She is presented as a ghost, living in the past. It appears that when her fianc� left her she ceased to live fully. Therefore she has become a ghost, a ghost with a motive; to wreak havoc on men and to keep alive her bitterness over her lost lover. She seeks revenge on men through her adopted daughter Estella. Estella is, in a sense, Miss Havisham's apprentice. She intends to be an upper-class lady but her naivety and inexperience, at this point, is too obvious to disguise. For example, when given Mr Pumblechook's name she is unsure of the correct response ad so replies "quite right". Pip, though, sees Estella as a "candle in the darkness" as she carries the candle that guides him out of Miss Havisham's home. The candle symbolises hope. Estella is the only thing in the Manor House that Pip is attracted to. Pinkie also attempts to disguise his inexperience. ...read more.


Both writers have carefully chosen the names of the places in their books. Greene calls the hotel, in which Pinkie meets Colleoni, the "Cosmopolitan Hotel". "Cosmopolitan" implies "international" or "sophisticated". By selecting this name, Greene once again emphasises the elegance of the hotel. The "international" meaning adds to the impression that the hotel overwhelms Pinkie. This is because Pinkie is used to living his life surrounded by local people that he knows and is not used to being in the midst of foreign strangers. Dickens uses an ironic name to make Miss Havisham's home in Great Expectations unforgettable. He calls it "Satis House", which means "enough house". This is ironic because, although the house seems to be all one would ever want, it is not. Miss Havisham is incomplete without her fianc�. She is described as being half dressed; Dickens demonstrates to the reader that she's incomplete without her fianc�. She has realised that a house can never be "enough" to satisfy her. So it can be seen that the settings within the novels, and specifically in these sections, carefully reflect the nature of the owners and their impact on any outsiders who may be called upon to visit. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Bell 10.1 Mrs Robertson ...read more.

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