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Great Expectations GCSE

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How does Charles Dickens Creates Sympathy for his Characters in 'Great Expectations'? Charles Dickens creates sympathy in the novel 'Great Expectations' in many ways. He uses a range of techniques for all of his characters, ranging from sentence structure to plot to dialogue; Pip and Magwitch are some of the characters sympathy is created for. Dickens uses structure to introduce Pip as a first person narrator, describing himself from his own words. Dickens creates sympathy for Pip early in 'Great Expectations' not long after the opening he says as narrative "I never saw my father or mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them". This immediately gives you an impression that he is a lonely child. Dickens forms more sympathetic views for Pip as he is not only a lonely boy; he is spending most of his time in a "Bleak place overgrown with nettles" which is a graveyard. The description of the setting which describes a "Bleak place overgrown with nettles" makes the reader wonder why an innocent infant would want to regularly visit a graveyard. Especially as it is described as "bleak" and "overgrown with nettles" as this seems like an area that is highly unsafe for an infant to spend his time. ...read more.


This also shows social context for the time the novel was set (the 18th century) as most children were brought up to treat all elders with respect. Dickens evokes sympathy for Magwitch after he confronts Pip. He tells the reader in long and descriptive sentences which was a unique feature in19th century writing, that the convict (Magwitch) is "a man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles and torn by briars; that limped, and shivered, and glared and growled". This description of Magwitch illustrates how much he has been through and that he is in pain by the nature of a habitat which causes the readers to sympathise. Also the repetition of the word 'and' makes the words described about Magwitch into a list of various objects, which gives the reader how much Magwitch has been through and the amount of times that things have been attacking him. The way Magwitch speaks throughout the novel is phonetically spelt so that it is easy to tell that he is not very well educated as the way he talks is incorrect. ...read more.


Go, Pip". This brings sympathy to the reader upon Pip as he is being treated like an animal and not like a guest at Miss Havishams house as he is put into the text on how someone would speak towards an animal. This also takes effect on Pip as he thinks twice about himself by the comments Miss Havisham and Estella make on him. Carrying on, adding more neglect and sympathy towards Pip he is forced to call Miss Havisham's daughter Estella who is asked to play with Pip and responds "With this boy! Why, he is a common labouring-boy!" showing that this girl has been brought up to disrespect people who are not as good as her, and emphasises that Pip is a labouring-boy by the added exclamation mark. Estella further insults and humiliates Pip causing sympathy for him by telling Pip he has "Coarse hands" and "Thick boots". This brings himself to question about "being ashamed of his hands"and to consider he has a "very indifferent pair". To conclude, Charles Dickens uses a variety of techniques to create sympathy for his characters in 'Great Expectations'. The techniques he uses takes a great effect on the novel. The techniques Dickens uses to create sympathy range from descriptive text to repetition to imperative verbs. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shuaib Akram English Coursework 10SLIR ...read more.

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