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great expectations. How does Dickens make the reader feel about Pip in chapter 1?

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How does Dickens make the reader feel about Pip in chapter 1? Charles Dickens who was born in 1812 and died in1870 was a very popular writer as he had the skills to attract the reader. This helps in great expectations as he helps to put the reader in Pip's shoes and makes us feel sorry for him. Dickens did not have a great childhood himself, growing up in poverty and working at the age of 12, because of this Dickens emphasises how bad poverty is and adds this effect on Pip. In the novel 'Great expectations' Dickens uses many different and useful techniques to make the reader feel affection towards Pip. These include describing the setting and atmosphere around Pip, pathetic fallacy, first person and the use of very long sentences and lists. These techniques are used in order to involve the reader in the story. In chapter one the reader immediately notices that Pip tells the story. The use of first person is very effective in the way we feel about Pip, as it is he who is telling the story. ...read more.

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Dickens writes this because it makes the reader feel protective of Pip as an external force tries to harm him seemingly on purpose. Then just to round off all Pip's emotions and sum up his loneliness he says 'the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry was Pip'. This shows that Pip is isolated, alone and extremely unhappy. Just when you think it cannot get any worse for Pip and things can only get better the story takes another twist and the new character Magwitch is suddenly dropped in without being introduced. We see him as an intruder who is breaking into Pip's already sad life apparently to make it worse. Dickens creates a powerful, big and terrifying character in Magwitch. He is roughed up and has broken shoes which shows he is no gentleman Magwitch is also wearing chains on his ankles which tells the reader that he is an escaping convict. Magwitch's first words in the novel are when he says 'hold your noise!' to Pip. This reinforces the fact that he is no friendly person as it is shouted. ...read more.

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both of them or go to sleep where he can dream about a better world and escape from reality for a moment or two. During the novel Dickens uses all these techniques I have talked about and uses them to really get the reader involved, the perfect example of this is the use of first person which really puts the reader in Pip's shoes and makes us feel even more sorry for the unfortunate, guiltless child he is. Another great technique that adds to the compassion we feel for Pip is pathetic fallacy because it really sets the mod for the story an in the case of Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations' it is dull and gloomy and this really makes the reader fall for Pip's innocence as he is there standing in the 'row of angry red lines' which just adds to the depression of the first chapter of 'Great Expectations'. Using these and many more techniques like the intrusion of a new character Dickens makes the reader move right onto Pip's side as we feel so sorry for him that we almost start feeling protective of him and want him to do the right thing and remain unharmed by Magwich or his sister. ...read more.

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