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James Allison 10MPS Page 1 09/05/2007 GREAT EXPECTATIONS The Charles Dickens book Great Expectations is about a young boy called Phillip Pirrip (Pip) who has a strange encounter with a convict called Magwitch. As the story progresses Pip has some more encounters with the runaway convict. When Pip meets him later on in life; Pip is much older, and the convict returns to see how his prot�g� is getting on; Magwitch is still on the run and eventually Pip decides to help Magwitch out by taking him in a boat out of the country. At first, Magwitch is made to seem frightening by using brief comments and blunt, loud commands that frightens Pip even more. The commands are combined with exclamation marks, which create drama, terror and suspense for the reader making him/her think that Magwitch is a scary and dangerous character. By descriptions. E.g. "A fearful man, all in coarse gray, with a great iron on his leg." ...read more.


"Substantially dressed, but roughly; like a voyager by sea." "That he was a muscular man, strong on his legs, and that he was browned and hardened by exposure to the weather." This last phrase from the passage shows that Magwitch has been far on his travels and hasn't been living well (Indoors for example). The author writes, "Substantially dressed" meaning that Magwitch was well enough dressed to meet Pip but not well enough dressed to meet the queen for example. The language in these pieces is very descriptive and helps you to understand what is happening in the story. kind, gentle, polite and treating Pip like a man for the first time in the story. "You acted noble, my boy," said he "Noble Pip and I have never forgot it!" This sentence shows that Magwitch has realised that Pip was so kind to him when he needed Pip the most, and that he came with food for him and treated him well. ...read more.


So in chapter 56 Pip now feels very close to Magwitch as if he was his own father. Magwitch also feels the same but Magwitch needs to escape to another country (out of England)! Pip tries to help him by taking him by boat himself, BUT there is a terrible accident where Magwitch falls over board and because of him being old, he cannot cope with the coldness of the river. Magwitch then stands in court in a trial and is condemned to death, Magwitch is so ill now that he is sent to a prison hospital. Pip tells Magwitch that he knows that he had a daughter and she is the one that Pip loves and at the end of chapter 56 Pip says; "O Lord, be merciful to him, a sinner!" this shows that even because Magwitch did wrong, Pip still loves him, as he had tried all of his life trying to help Pip. Pip then gets sent into prison for being in debt. THE END ...read more.

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