• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. How does Dickens make us feel for Pip?

    Estella is a young girl- prouder than Havisham. Estella's language affects Pip greatly. When Estella is asked to play with Pip, she replies- 'with this boy! Why, he is a common labouring- boy!' Dickens makes Estella's dialogue very effective, eh emphasises on the word 'boy' through out the extract- making Pip feel low.

  2. Charles Dickens's writing techniques in Great Expectations.

    Compeyson's appearance helped him in a case against him and Magwich. Compeyson said a very divulging quote to Magwich: "To judge from appearances, you're out of luck" (373) In the trial, this was very evident. (276) Magwich was sentenced to twice Compeyson's jail time.

  1. Analysing and explaining Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; Chapter 1.

    The third shot is a 'mix' to 'long shot' of some deserted, isolated, dark and depressing landscape of a muddy marshland with open fields. This combined with the urgent running, puffing and panting of a small boy in the distance coming closer and closer to the camera creates tension because

  2. How does chapter 8 prepare the reader for the novel to follow?prose coursework: great ...

    it probably had a lively, busy productive air. However, due to Miss Havisham's rage and disappointment because of her lover's betrayal she and her property lays in despair and disrepair. The crumbling, decrepit stones of the house, as well as the darkness and dust that pervade it represents the general

  1. Great Expectations Effectiveness of chapter 1

    their tombstones "Also Georgiana Wife of The Above, 'I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly." The death of Pip's five brothers tells the reader that there was a high infant mortality rate especially amongst the poor "To the five little stone lozenges, each about a

  2. Examine how Dickens shoes that appearances can be deceptive in Great Expectations

    Pip began as a kind boy who was content with what he had, but grew to be dissatisfied and eventually, when he "came into property", came to look almost resentfully upon those ranked below him in society, such as Joe.

  1. How effective is the first chapter of Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

    These themes are eventually built throughout the story keeping the readers hooked. To keep the readers hooked you need a good line up of characters. The Characters which are introduced to us in the fist chapter are Pip, his sister, Mrs Joe Gargery, her husband, Mr Joe Gargery, Magwitch, the convict and the convict with the scar on his face.

  2. Great Expectations analysis of chapter 1 and 5

    Pip and his friend Herbert arrange for Magwitch to escape to the continent, the plan being that Pip will accompany him. Magwitch's former partner in crime was a man called Compeyson, who had been a gentleman and had abandoned Miss Havisham.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work