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Great Expectations Essay

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Introduction

Great Expectations Coursework In this essay I am going to be exploring chapter 1 and chapter 39 of the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. In this essay I am going to be focusing on the language, structure, setting, character and historical context that Charles Dickens uses in his novel. The novel 'Great Expectations' was written in 1861 by Charles Dickens. The story is about a boy named Pip growing up and moving to London to become a gentleman. There are many twists in the story such as Pip finds out that a convict who meets in the opening chapter is actually paying for all his expenses to become a gentleman. Dickens wrote this novel from his perspective, as he also had a very troubled childhood. He wrote this novel as a way of letting all his emotions out about his past and let people hear Pip's story which is very similar to the childhood he led. In this paragraph, I am going to be focusing on the setting that Dickens uses in his novel 'Great Expectations' and why he uses it. ...read more.

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Also in the first chapter, Dickens uses red and black imagery to describe the setting. The colour red is usually associated with anger and hatred. The colour red is linked in the first chapter to Magwitch, to show that he is and angry man and that pip shows hatred towards him. The colour black however links in more with Pip, as black is a very dull, boring colour. In this paragraph, I am going to explore the characters that Dickens uses in his novel 'Great Expectations'. Dickens has used a lot of various different characters in his novel, which makes the story more interesting; because it's the characters that make a story and the different types of characters that make a story interesting. In his novel, Dickens choice of characters worked very well and the personality of the characters was a great success. The novel focuses on three main characters; Pip, Magwitch, and Miss Havisham. Dickens portrays Pip as a very gentle, sensitive character who seems to be rather depressed. It shows us this in the phrase 'and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip. ...read more.

Conclusion

'By your leave', also shows that Magwitch is showing respect to Pip compared to chapter 1, where Magwitch shows no respect to Pip. But it all turns around, and Pip ends up being the more powerful character and Magwitch shows respect to him. To sum up the two main characters, I would say they have both changed in terms of class. We see Pip as young poor boy that is very weak and depressed and is very afraid of Magwitch when he first meets him, and then we see him turn into posh gentlemen who has a lot more power. On the other hand, we see Magwitch, who starts off a very scary powerful man who people are afraid of, into a kind, caring man who puts others first instead of himself. Again we see this in the phrase 'by your leave'; in this phrase, he puts Pip before himself and puts himself second. Overall, I thought the novel 'Great Expectations had a lot of good morals in it and I think that Dickens was trying to make a point that you shouldn't treat people differently because they are in a so called 'different class' to you; everyone should be treated equally and everyone should show respect to each other. ...read more.

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