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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens.

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Great Expectations By Charles Dickens The task is to analyse in detail two extracts from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and show understanding on plot, theme, characters, how the author organises the structure of the writing, how dickens uses the language to create atmosphere and a deeper understanding of the characters. Charles Dickens was born on 7th February 1812. His father was a navel clerk who continually spent more money than he made and was imprisoned for debt in 1824. Charles was 12 years old when he was removed from school and sent to work in a blacking factory so he could earn money to support his family. This was a terrible time for Dickens. I think Dickens's background reflects how he writes. Society played a huge part in Great Expectations and Class and money occur again and again and perhaps this is a result of his childhood. Many of his novels deal with the problems characters have making their whey in the world from difficult starts. Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby and Great Expectations. All these novels follow the pattern. It is worth bearing in mind that in Dickens' time, not having money could have truly disastrous consequences. The social theme of the novel arises from the interaction of Pip and the other characters, ranging from the workingman, Joe, to the leisured Finches and Miss Havisham. ...read more.

Middle

Compeyson, a "gentleman" (in terms of social class) befriends Miss Havishams brother, Arthur, and later takes on Magwitch as his helper. When the Havishams disinherit Arthur, Compeyson helps him be revenged - although married; he poses as a suitor, and jilts Miss Havisham on her wedding day. Soon after, he is arrested for his various frauds, along with Magwitch, whom he blames for allegedly leading him into crime. The reverse is the truth, but Compeyson is believed because of his smooth manners Pip doesn't realise that it is a different convict till he gets up close because it is a foggy night. This sets the tone of what to come. Pip sharply realises that it isn't Magwitch and goes to find him. He then finds Magwitch and gives him the food and file. Magwitch starts to scoff the food, as he hasn't had any food for a day or two. After a few days the police found out where Magwitch and Compeyson were and they send people to catch them. When Magwitch sees the police he starts running but on his way through the marshes he sees Compeyson running so Magwitch jumps on Compeyson and gives up himself up so that Compeyson won't get away again. When you first see the convict he seems really violent and dangerous. "Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!" ...read more.

Conclusion

This tells us that she can't get over her wedding day and she doesn't want to take her wedding dress off or her flowers off from her hair. We get the impression that she hasn't washed her hair or body from that day. She was that upset about her wedding day that she even stopped her clock at the very moment she found out about him leaving. ".... And saw that her watch had stopped at twenty minutes to nine and that a clock in the room had stopped at twenty minutes to nine." This was the time that she was going to get married, and she has stopped the clock so she can't forget her wedding day. She has left everything the way it was on her wedding day. All the food has stayed on the table where it was going to be eaten. There is cobwebs everywhere, which shows she doesn't clean and everywhere is yellow, as it hasn't been cleaned for many years. This is another perfect example of Dickens writing in a lot of detail about a character. From reading these two extracts we have learnt that Dickens in his time wrote in a lot of detail especially about setting and characters. This is mainly because there were no TVs to visualise his writing. Nowadays people don't write in a lot of detail about the setting or characters but this was what, made him such a good writer and made Charles Dickens famous and his books famous. Nick Rankin ...read more.

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