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Great Expectations Coursework. It is clear from this first chapter that "Great Expectations" is going to be an exciting adventure story. The story begins in a graveyard, and both this and the surrounding area are described to us clearly and effectively. Dickens uses various words and phrases to indicate such things such as the time of day; the weather and the type of place Pip finds himself in. The words "A memorable raw afternoon towards evening..." (Paragraph 3, line 3). Suggests that it was a very cold winters afternoon, possibly with a cold wind. In David Leans 1946 film, I think that the early marsh scene captures the mood of the original text very well and portrays to the reader/viewer the immediate suspense and tension that Dickens wishes to represent. When Dickens uses the phrases "... Bleak overgrown place was the churchyard..." and "... ...read more.

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He also uses metaphors and similes to present ideas the reader may be familiar with. A good example of this is when he writes "The dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard..." (Paragraph 3, line 9). This suggests that there was nothing but bare land surrounding the graveyard, which makes Pip seen very alone. In the final paragraph of chapter 1 Dickens uses various adjectives to give us a clear impression of the fear that the scene inspires in Pip by using varied colour adjectives such as black-and-red. This suggests to the reader that Pip is in distress as red can portray as a danger colour. He also uses adjectives like ugly-and-dense to describe to the person reading the novel some of the feelings he may have felt after he had been confronted by the convict. ...read more.

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The setting is described to us very clearly in this opening chapter in which Pip is confronted at the graveyard. Dickens uses varied sentence lengths; a good use of adjectives; various words and sentences to describe the time of day; the weather and the type of place. Dickens also uses very detailed imagery effects. This all contributes well to the description of the setting in this first chapter. It is also important that a good adventure story has interesting characters. In the first chapter we are introduced to the two main characters; Pip and Magwitch. In this opening chapter we find out a lot about Pip and his background, we find out that he lives with his very strict, older sister, Mrs Joe and her husband Joe Gargery. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Baker 10KH 01/05/07 English group: 10L/K (Mrs Davies) - 1 - ...read more.

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