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Great expectations by Charles Dickens was recently voted as being in the top 5 opening novels of all time.

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Great expectations by Charles Dickens was recently voted as being in the top 5 opening novels of all time. Great expectations was written by Charles Dickens.This coursework will hope to address issues raised in the play concerning the social structure of the time and how this has been relayed in the play, it hopes to discuss techniques used by Dickens to create dramatic effect and how various themes and messages are brought about by his writing. The main characters are that of Pip and the Convict. ...read more.

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Dickens chose the narrative structure to be in first person, using Pip as the speaker. He also uses metaphors when describing the convict. Pip's description gives the effect of sympathy. Great expectations also involves alot of colliqualism and pathetic phallacy. The opening is bleak with negative words like "nettles,overgrown,dark.". Giving a strong visual imagery effect. There is some personification with the "marshes 'long black horizontal lines' and the sky as 'long angry red lines'". Repitition of the word black shows the visualisation of the scene and it's surroundings also showing death, depression and possible destruction. ...read more.

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He also compares the Convict to a dog with his abrupt behaviour, threatening language and description. The presentation of characters is that Dickens chose Pip to be a small, scrawny, under nourished and fragile boy who is shy and timid due to the fact of his family's death. The Convict on the otherhand has collequism as he talks with a cockney accent, he is portrayed as a nasty, boney, dirty, muddy, skinny ill-looking man. The chapter shows good historical context as it is clear that in those times people were more formal. It emphasises the change in society as this is pre-1920's. Dickens is exposing poverty and the vulnerable in victorian society, showing in the book that Pip had no help from society. ...read more.

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