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Great Expectations is a novel written in 1888 by Charles Dickens - The genre of this novel is a mystery - Mystery novels were very popular in the 18th century because crime was very high.

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Great Expectations Chapter 1 and 39 Great Expectations is a novel written in 1888 by Charles Dickens. The genre of this novel is a mystery. Mystery novels were very popular in the 18th century because crime was very high. Chapter 1 starts in a "bleak" and "overgrown" churchyard. The weather is stormy and the wind blows from a "distant savage lair". Dickens uses these descriptions to create a tense atmosphere for the reader. Pirrip Philip nicked named as pip enters the story as a "young" boy looking for his "dead and buried" parents and their "infant children. This shows the reader that he is a lonely orphan and creates sympathy for pip. "Dead and buried" is repeated a number of times. This repletion adds to the tension and gets the reader prepared for something nasty to happen. ...read more.

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The words in written dialogue of the convict are sometimes spelt differently to make the character of the convict more real. The convict tells pip to bring the wittles early tomorrow morning. He sits pip onto a tombstone and says to pip in "fearful terms", "you fail, or you go from my words in any partickler, no matter how small it is, and your heart and your liver shall be tore out, roasted, and ate". This threat gives the reader a sense of fear for pips life. Later on in the story pip has a change of luck in his life, where he is picked to travel to London and become a gentleman. Pip is now twenty-three years old, he is a young gentleman, he is earning a lot of money and shares a flat with his friend Mr Herbert Pocket. ...read more.

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The convict calls back from the "darkness beneath". The convict climbs up the stairs towards pip. As the convict gets closer to the pip he has an "incomprehensible air of being touched and pleased" by the sight of pip. Dickens describes the convict as a man with "long iron-grey hair, aged about sixty, strong, and browned and hardened by exposure to weather". The convict holds out both his hands out to pip. Unlike the 1st meeting the convict is pleased to see pip. I conclude chapters 1 and 39 are similar but have some differences. Both meetings are very similar. Both have tension build ups just before the meeting. But the difference is that in chapter 1 the convict was treating to slit pips throat and tries to scare him, in chapter 39 the convict held his hands out to Pip. Dickens was trying to show the reader Pip wanted to believe that Miss Havisham help him to become a gentleman not the convict. ...read more.

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