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Great Expectatios ENGLISH

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In the Novel 'Great Expectations' how does Charles Dickens use language to portray the characters of Magwitch and Miss Haversham to the Reader? In this essay, I will be studying the characters of Miss Haversham and Magwitch. I intend to examine the language and techniques used by Dickens to depict them to the reader. I also plan to observe to observe the atmosphere created around these characters and examine how the character of Pip reacts to them. The way in which Dickens presents Pip and his family situation is that, at the beginning Pip is in a graveyard looking at his families' graves. Both his parents are dead; the reason for this is not explained and unknown as we are only told, 'as I never saw my father and mother, and never saw any likeness in either of them, (for their days were long before the days of photographs). Also, as for any brothers and sisters that Pip had; they have also departed life on earth. Their reason for doing so is they, 'gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle.' This implies that they stopped scavenging for food and water and slowly disintegrated. This is all supposed to make us feel sorry for him as he has no family and he, as far as we know, is unhappy as ...read more.


He shows this by saying, 'do you wish to come in?' hospitably. This means that he does not want to associate with the stranger before him or have anything to do with him. Magwitch's dialogue reveals that his emotions are completely different to when he and Pip first met. The first obvious sign of this is that he has his hands outstretched in the attempt to hold Pip whereas the only gesture to Pip in their last encounter was being tipped upside down and a knife to his throat! Also his dialogue is different; as he now makes an effort to speak the standard of English to Pip in which he speaks in. Whereas before his voice was rough and menacing to Pip. The reaction of Pip is meant to affect the readers interpretation of Magwitch because as we do not know who the stranger is still at this point in the book, and Pip's reaction to the stranger's reaction to the stranger increases our curiosity of him, because he asks, ''Do you wish to come in?' in a very resentful and inhospitably way. And as we are already affectionate to Pip in a way already; as he doesn't agree with the stranger then we would feel a similar dislike towards Magwitch. ...read more.


All of these objects have been evidently stopped from the tasks that Miss Haversham was supposed to complete, involving them. This could be evidence for the fact she was in the middle of doing something or something was happening/going to happen. Also; anything that can tell the time has been stopped at twenty minutes to nine. This must be a significant time in her lifetime as something must have happened at this time. The way that Miss Haversham speaks to Pip is sort of dazed and then fierce. For instance; when she first speaks to Pip she is rather airy and calm when she says, 'Come nearer; let me look at you. Come close.' But when she speaks of her heart she acts strange by 'uttering the word with an eager look, and with strong emphasis, and with a weird smile that had a kind of boast in it.' This maybe considers that she is proud of her heart being broken? Pip's reaction to Miss Haversham is that he must think that she is a little disorientated which is why he avoids her eyes. And I do not think that he likes her that much. In conclusion , I have analysed the language and descriptions used by Dickens to depict Magwitch and Miss Haversham to the reader, as well as Pips reaction to them, and evaluated how these descriptions are intended to affect the reader and shape our opinions of the characters. ...read more.

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