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Great Expectations Coursework

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Introduction

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 illustrate the scene and setting 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 three, line four), suggests that it was a very cold winter's 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 "... The dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard intersected with dykes and mounds and gates" (Paragraph three, lines five and six, ten and eleven), we realise he is in the graveyard and with Dickens effective use of long descriptive sentences we as a reader have a clear image of what a lonely and bleak place the graveyard may be. On line ten, the fact that it says, "from which the wind was rushing," suggests to us that it is a windy day and that Pip can feel the cold when Dickens writes " ... The small bundle of shivers..." and suggests that Pip is so cold that he is shivering. Dickens makes sure we are able to visualize the things that Pip sees by creating a powerful atmosphere through his use of adjectives, describing what the setting is like very clearly. 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..." ...read more.

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But now I was frightened again." (Last Paragraph, lines fourteen & fifteen). This suggests to the reader how scared and gullible Pip is and how frightened he can get. I think this is portrayed to the reader well in David Leans 1946 film when Pip runs home, into the distance. I think that this gives the impression that Pip may be scared as he uses loud music, fast imagery and scary scenes to create tension. I also think that another part of the scene that creates tension and suspense is when Pip first sees the convict. The convict is introduced to us quickly and Dickens cuts straight to the point and after the third paragraph, dialogue is added in the first of which "hold your noise" is a sudden and brash command and immediately seizes the reader's attention. This is then followed by a threat "keep still you little devil or I'll cut your throat." This threat continues to hold the reader's attention whilst on the other hand, the story, pulls out more harsh dialogue and threat, the climax of which is when Pip is asked to get whittles and a file. This creates tension and suspense as the reader is left asking questions throughout the convict's introduction. Such as: * What does he want? * What will he do with Pip? * Will he carry out his threats? As well as this, Dickens uses tension and suspense to make the reader read on throughout the novel and ask questions all the way through. He uses the effect of hidden meanings and feelings to create this especially in the first chapter. He makes us ask questions such as the ones above and: * Will Pip tell Joe or Mrs Joe Gargery? * If so, what will they do? * Will he go back to the convict? * Will the convict expect him back? * Will the convict kill or injure him if he goes back? ...read more.

Conclusion

This suggests to the reader that he loves Pip and is not regretful of coming back to see him once he had become a gentleman. A good example is when Magwitch says: " ...I'm quite content to take my chance. I've seen my boy and he can be a gentleman without me." (Chapter fifty-six, paragraph three, lines four & five). This book is all about how a blacksmith becomes a gentleman. The Victorians had very definite ideas about what makes a gentleman. Some of the qualities of a Victorian gentleman are listed below. * He acts kindly from the impulse of his kind heart. * He is never arrogant, never weak, * He bears himself with dignity, but never haughtily. * He keeps his honour unstained and to retain the good opinions of others he neglects no civility. * To his superiors he is respectful without servility; to equals courteous: to inferiors' kind. Pip, however, failed to show any of these qualities when Joe and Magwitch came to visit Pip in London. He was horrible, embarrassed, arrogant and disrespectful to them both. I know this as when Dickens writes: " At a change in his manner as if he were even going to embrace me, I laid a hand upon his breast and put him away". This suggests to us that when Magwitch wished to greet him in a particular way Pip would not accept it but pushed him away instead. As he did not show any of these qualities the reader gets the impression he is a "snob." Dickens uses the adventure story to show us how people should behave towards one another and through his use of characterisation, tension and development of characters creates a hidden moral. He uses his thoughts about what he thinks of society and how it can be improved to create this moral. In addition he uses hidden morals and meanings throughout his collection of novels. The End ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Baker 10KH 02/05/07 English group: 10L/K (Mrs Davies) - 1 - ...read more.

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