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Great expectations - Which two settings in 'great expectations' did you find most effective?

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Which two settings in 'great expectations' did you find most effective? Charles dickens is renowned through out literature for his skills of vivid description and imagery. In Great Expectations he uses many effects to create settings of emotion throughout the novel. The first of the three most effective and memorable settings, I feel, is the graveyard setting. This is where we meet Pip and his story of success and hardship over the odds. We meet Pip in the graveyard along with another six members of his family however they are all deceased and it is Pip who is seeing them alone. This tells us a lot about the time he lives in it shows that mortality rates were high and children were let out alone at dark, this differs very much from the modern day where young children are most of the time supervised and very rarely allowed to wander graveyards alone in the dark, the mortality rates have also decreased as well. We also learn early on that Pip has no real expectations, that he is around lower class and that his life, as with everyone else in his situation at the time, particularly children, was a universal struggle. We learn this from the line: "Who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle" it is as though to say that they gave up hope and by the amount of tombstones with the Pirrip name on them he should of too. ...read more.


We then meet Miss Havisham. Pip is taken to her room where, when waiting to go in, the corridor is said by Dickens to have "an airless smell" like the rest of the house it is decayed the airlessness could represent a coffin or death itself as you need air to live and this house appears to be dead, as do to some degree the people within. In the room Pip enters there was a fire "a fire had been lately kindled in damp old-fashioned grate, and it was more disposed to go out than to burn up" a fire can often symbolise life, light and sometimes hope, but even a powerful flame can not over power the dampness and loss or death smothering this once beautiful house. Dickens also compares the house to the first setting of the marshes with the phrase "like our own marsh mist" dickens has already imaged that the marshes emit disease and it is as though around miss Havisham she gives of a contagious deathly disease that catches everyone who meets her. It could equally give off the idea that the marshes are hard to escape and bring a gloomy life to whoever encounters them. The room in which Miss Havisham lives in can in someways all the objects mimic Miss Havisham. To begin with there is the "wintry branches of candles" the candles symbolise romance and love but like a witch miss Havisham has cast a spell on them causing them to become painful and cold like herself. ...read more.


In conclusion the settings in Great Expectations show a relationship between the setting and the main person featured with in it. It is as if each character has been moulded to the setting. Dickens uses his renowned descriptive writing to almost introduce each character, as the novel progresses the characters will develop and the settings are important in showing this development. I think that the most memorable setting is the graveyard setting but the most effective is Jaggers' office as it really helps the reader understand the personality of Jaggers which although the marshes and Satis House do I feel Jaggers' office is particularly descriptive and uses good imagery, such as the imagery of the chair where you can imagine it instantly and you can equally imagine him looking down on his client. I think Settings are the most important part Great Expectations because of the way they describe a character but also because the language used in this modern day is a lot more different to that used in the 1800s but the settings have a more readable English to me as well as that I think that the characters are based around the settings because at the time this novel was written I feel Dickens was trying to personalise this novel to the readers and to the universal struggle of class war and success against the odds. �www.123helpme.com �www.123helpme.com (not copied but ideas taken) ...read more.

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