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Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

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Having read "Great Expectations" how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest. "Great Expectations by Charles Dickens" At first, Dickens has started "Great Expectations" as a little entertaining short story. Quoting Dickens himself from an accompanying note to the first instalment "I have made the opening, I hope, in its general effect exceedingly droll. I have put a child & a good - natured foolish man, in relations that seems to me very funny" Throughout the novel "Great Expectations" Pip character and personality goes through some transformations. He is somehow similar at the start and end, but very different while growing up. The novel is a story of an orphan boy called Pip but this in not the first time Dickens uses an orphan character he has another novel called "Oliver Twist" and he is an orphan to. Pip is influenced by many characters, but two in particular: Estella, the hard headed girl from the Manor House, and Magwitch, the convict from the marshes. ...read more.

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because he has a sad life plus poor "broke shoes" As the start of the novel, Pip is uneducated and unaware of his social class, or even that he belongs to a social class. Since Pip does not know of any "better" lifestyle, Pip is contending with what he has and who he knows. As life goes on, he meets new people from both higher and lower social classes plus his contend turns to greed and shame, as he immediately longs to be better educated. Then he is suddenly ashamed of his family. Pip learns as he grows older, however, that having money and power also being of a higher social class is not necessarily better than having true friends that care about him even if they are of a lower social class. It seems to me that Charles Dickens write this novel to represent Dickens' father when he lost his social position through bankruptcy, and that Dickens once worked in a boot-blacking factory. In the eighteen hundreds the convicts where being transported to Australia some of the punishment included crime of murder however most of the convicts ...read more.

Conclusion

Charles Dickens always use cliff-hangers because it keeps the readers interested from week to week it also makes the readers curious at the end of each chapter like will Pip and Estella get together? Who is pips benefactor? Will Magwitch escape again? It actually turns out that the convict was kind of a good man to Pip, if it was not for the convict Pip would not be where he was now the scene between Pip and the convict turning pip upside down becomes a metaphor. The convict turns Pips whole life around by making him a gentleman. The other techniques that Chares Dickens use to ensure his readers will read on is that he makes the story quite hilarious at the beginning and what matters to Dickens is not what you achieve, but what kind of person you are I think this was the point of the novel. But it seems awkward that he really intended for Joe to appear to the reader as a "foolish man!" However this sets the tone for a story which is at times funny so the message of "Great Expectations" is the class difference may seem important, but actually they are not. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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