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Great expectations chapter 8

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Introduction

How, and how successfully, does Dickens maintain his readers' interest in Chapter8? Chapter eight is a very interesting because Dickens moves the story on. Dickens introduces a new setting and also new Characters. He does various things to try and make the reader want to read on, he makes them think what will happen next? I am going to be looking at the plot, new setting, new Characters, Narrative method and also the themes. Dickens moves the story on to a different setting and introduces new characters, by doing this Pip is being taken on a new adventure, from meeting a convict to meeting Miss Havisham another person he doesn't know. Mr Pumblechuck who is a friend of Pip's sister takes Pip to Miss Havisham house; he takes him there, because he is a friend off Miss Havisham and she has told him she wants a boy who her daughter can look after and play with. However Pip doesn't want to go to the house and feels scared. When Pip and Miss Havisham first meet she says "Are you sullen and obstinate" after Miss Havisham says this Pips stops worrying for a while, because Pip feels safer around her. ...read more.

Middle

"Wooden gates of that lane stood open, and all the brewery beyond stood open and all was empty and disused" Dickens uses many words to show the house has been decrepit; this has an impact on the book because it makes the reader think it could be a haunted house or something mysterious has happened years ago. "I 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 creates an atmosphere that everything has stood still for years, which gives the house an era atmosphere. This will make it interested for the reader because they will want to know what has happened in the house in the past. The two familiar characters in the story are Joe Gargery and Pip and in chapter 8 two new characters are brought in Estella and Miss Havisham. Estella is portrayed as a very spoilt and outspoken young lady. On the other hand Miss Havisham is portrayed as a very sad old lady who just stops in her house 24/7. Dickens presents Miss Havisham as rich and beauty " Rich materials- satins, and lace, and silks- All of white" He gives the materials a repetition of white. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I was at the time undersized, for my years and not strong" When Pip is growing up he continues to feel inferior because of the way he is treated by his sister. She is always making him feel unwanted and pulling him down. "If it weren't for me you'd have been to the churchyard long ago, and stayed there. Who brought you up by hand" By the end of chapter 7 Pip feels ashamed of his family and leaves the only home he has ever known, to go and live with Mr Pummblechook. Chapter 8 is structured to look at a new beginning for pip. Pip is introduced to wealthier people rather than poorer people. This links to the first few chapters because it is still talking about Pips life and how it is moving on. There are several themes that emerge in chapter 8 one is looking at the past of Miss Havisham and another theme is how people live different lifestyles, these are two new themes. The writing is about a boy who looks back on his childhood days and is now grown up and moving to a new future away from his usual live. ...read more.

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