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

Great expectations.In comparing Chapter's 1 and 39 the similarities in scene setting and character description

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Great Expectations: A Comparison of Chapter 1 with Chapter 39. In comparing Chapter's 1 and 39 the similarities in scene setting and character description are used by the author to reinforce each other. This allows the reader to not only feel the time in which the book is set but gives the characters life. Pip is presented both as the narrator as well as protagonist. He is two characters in one presented initially as an innocent young boy. This first introduction to Pip draws the reader to question what will happen to him as an innocent and is in direct contrast to the mature adult in Chapter 39. The description of the landscape in the first chapter is extremely intense and is successful in creating an Erie sense about Pips surroundings. The language used prepares the reader and also instils strong images which enable the reader to see how Pip relates to his surroundings. The gibbet that Pip looks upon toward the end of the chapter mirrors the society of the time, the harsh judicial system and the ruthlessness of the upper-class, who decided the fate of convicts. This harshness is a characteristic of the landscape, especially the weather. The way this is described dramatically ' it was wretched weather, stormy and wet, stormy and wet, and mud, mud, mud' draws the reader into both the scene within which the book is set but also the nature of society at this time. ...read more.

Middle

This makes the reader grow to empathise with Magwhich even though he has behaved in the aggressive intimidating way described in the previous paragraph. This imprecise portrayal of the character does not persist in the same manner in chapter 39 as I believe Magwitch has finally achieved something worthwhile and also, almost to take a stab at society as status was so consequential in that era. If one had money then one would automatically have status, as people believed that they were better than average folk even though the wealth had not been worked for but inherited. In shaping Pip Magwitch has proved to society that anyone can be a gentleman. The fact that Pip came from a poor despondent background was inconsequential . In chapter 39 Magwitch says 'the blood horses of them colonists might fling up the dust over me as I was walking; what do I say? I says to myself, I'm making a better gentle man nor ever you'll be!' This shows us that he kept this in his mind while being looked down on throughout his many years in Australia. Magwhich is obviously one of the only savoury characters in the novel as he toiled and worked all his life so that Pip could be 'above work.' Another complete turn around between the chapters is the roll reversal, for example in Chapter 1 Magwitch is in complete control, whereas in Chapter 39 Magwitch calls Pip 'Sir' and 'Master'. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, between Chapters 1 and 39 the characters evolve and change into contradictions of their initial introduction. Their roles appear reversed with Pip the mature, rude and spiteful imitation of Magmitchs's character. The language used allows the reader to develop their understanding of the time and setting the characters live. It creates strong images which provide both a scene and a an emotional connection to the character. Between the two chapters this builds the intensity and drama to the revelation of Pip's true nature. Both characters identities have changed Magwitch from his initial portrayal to his true self and Pip to a wealthy upper class imitation of a gentleman whose innocence presented in the first chapter now replaced by arrogance. Dickens would seem to be 'taking a stab' at the class system in Victorian times and the effect that money had on individuals in society. By using the bleakness of the scene in Chapter 1 and the bright beacons an element of hope is subconsciously given to the reader. The emotional journey that Pip then undertakes feels a positive turn in his life. The changes in his character and the twists in the character of Magwitch 'the convict' reveals the true nature of an individual cannot be measured by his wealth or position. Dickens allows the reader to see that the strive to be a gentleman is very different to that of becoming a gentle-man and this is portrayed clearly in the character of Joe Gargery. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel McDonnell 11Postgate Great expectations course-work 06 1 ...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. An exploration of the ways in which issues of class and status are presented ...

    Dickens however, fought against such dogma and of gentry who relax on inherited wealth, extolling the values of hard-work and commitment. Magwitch's moral regeneration begins when he puts Pip's interests as he perceives them, those of another, above himself, and begins to work hard: "I lived rough, that you should

  2. Discuss how Charles Dickens builds tension in Chapters 1 and in Chapter 39 of ...

    Just like Chapter one, Dickens uses his dramatic descriptions of the setting to build up anxiety. Chapter thirty nine also has very frightening prevalence's with the setting. Dickens again tries to build tension and anxiety towards a horrifying experience. At the beginning of the chapter, the reader gets to know

  1. Compare, Contrast and Analyse Chapters 1 and 39 of Great Expectations.

    Magwitch, who is first portrayed as the villain or antagonist within "Great Expectations". Magwitch an escaped convict is shown as a threat to Pip; Magwitch threatens and manipulates Pip into stealing a file and food for him. Although this seems insignificant it plays a much deeper role within the complex and well executed plot of "Great Expectations".

  2. A comparison of chapters 1 & 39 of Great Expectations

    Yet still Pip replies in a positive tone, 'yes, Sir', 'There, Sir', which shows that Pip has lass power than Magwitch, because of the terror filled way he acts during his meeting with him. Magwitch is presented as a fearful character through his tone of voice, 'a terrible voice' which

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

    In the BBC's version, the 4th and 5th shots involve almost the same things happening as the previous shot, but at different angles and at different distances(Medium shot plus tracking compared to close up plus tracking). This isn't effective at creating tension in the atmosphere because the camera is of

  2. Great Expectations - Analyse how Dickens maintains suspense in Chapter 39

    Dickens describes a lighthouse as "storm beaten", the rain as "red-hot" and the streetlamps as "shudder-ing". Dickens also uses metaphors, which help add suspense and enforce the sentence structure. An example used in Chapter 39 include, "A vast heavy veil had been driving over London".

  1. Explore Chapter 1 as an introduction to Great Expectations.

    At the start of the novel, Pip is a vulnerable, emotional young boy and in a sense he does not become emotionally strong until very much later in the book. Dickens introduces Pip at the start of the novel as a "small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all".

  2. Great Expectations Effectiveness of chapter 1

    We find out that Pip was looking at the tombstones of his parents and his younger brothers in the middle of the cemetery. As the reader we immediately feel sorry for Pip, his parents and younger siblings have passed away leaving only him remaining and his older sister Mrs Joe Gargery, who is married to a blacksmith Joe Gargery.

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