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Introduction

"Great Expectations" coursework By Mickey Haugh 10CE Great Expectations is a story of a young boy who is an orphan. The novel traces the growth of the narrator. The story is about Pip who gets himself into some unexpected scenarios throughout the novel. The novel Great Expectations is written in the Victorian period an age of industry, social status and crime. The author of the novel Charles Dickens wrote many novels and he got most of his inspiration to write these novels from the way of life in the Victorian period. Great Expectations was one of many successful novels that he wrote, and it is said by many people that the best novel that Charles Dickens has ever written is Great Expectations. In the novel Great Expectations it shows Pip trying to escape from his families' poverty and from his very strict and unhappy life. Charles dickens uses Pip to narrate through the novel and we can tell that it is Pip narrating because he uses words like 'I' and 'my', which shows Pip is talking in the first person. Chapter one in Great Expectations gives a great insight into the character Pip through his name, Dickens has thoughtfully portrayed Pip as to be a youthful naive boy. Pip is subservient and impressionable as he does everything as he is told to do, by anyone even a stranger. ...read more.

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The reader can then sympathise with him and then read his thoughts, feelings and even his troubles. As the novel is written in the first person it makes it more immediate as Pip uses pronouns like "I" and "myself" so this makes the novel more personal to the reader, and also gives them a clear and deep insight in what happens in the events. At one point in chapter one Dickens shifts the narrative to the second person "the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip." this gives a much different effect to the reader because Pip uses more mature speech whilst he is looking back at his earlier life. It has provided an image in the readers mind to show that Pip is moving away from his youthful stage in life "bleak place overgrown" showing that he takes more mental notes about the different life that he sees around him and how it has changed in time. A gloomy isolated mood is being set in chapter one, and with it also being set in a graveyard it also sets a sad and deathly mood all around. Dickens describes the "Marsh country" as a "bleak place overgrown with nettles". When Pip leaves the Gargery's home it could be said that the same mood is not created again until the time when Pip and Magwith meet again at the graveyard. ...read more.

Conclusion

and in the dialogue is clear to the reader that Magwitch is a very dominant character "keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat". The significance of chapter one is that it sully establishes the main character Pip who is an orphan who gets brought up his sister who loves him very much but want to keep him close to her by being strict because Pips mum and Dad died so the only way that Pip was going to brought up was with his sister and brother-in-law. The mood, a sense of death and the tone in chapter one when Pip is fearfully threatened by Magwitch in chapter one, and it continues throughout the novel with Mrs Havishams death and ruins of Mrs Havishams house in chapter 59. The readers want to work out wetter or not Pip manner and character will change as he develops his attitude changes through the novel as he is arrogant but he soon releases his true extent of his "Great Expectations". Where he reunites with people for when he was younger in the final chapter, he then finds out that Joe and Biddy have named their son after him "we giv' him the name of Pip for your sake, dae4t old chap" and this gives an impression that Pip is well loved by many people and that he is not going to be forgotten. ...read more.

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