• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Having read 'Great Expectations' how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers' continuing interest. This novel, Great Expectations, focuses on the life of a young boy named Philip Pirrip, known as Pip in the story. It was written by one of the greatest writers of the 19th Century, Charles Dickens. This appealing novel portrays Dickens' life to a slight degree. When he was in his adolescence, at the age of 12, he was sent to work in a boot-blacking factory; this was because his father was incarcerated for debt. With this, Dickens had to learn many other hard lessons within his later life. In the opening chapter of 'Great Expectations' we see a fair deal of his childhood represented by Pip. This appealing novel was written between 1860-1861, and published in book form in England and America, in 1861. This novel was set in the Victorian times, which is shown within the first chapter by Pip's sister, the wife of Joe Gargery, a blacksmith, being called 'Mrs Joe'. Also by her lifestyle being set as her being home doing housework, taking care of all home activities. ...read more.

Middle

He tells us that he doesn't have any pictorial knowledge of his parents yet is able to describe them to the best of his ability. 'The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair'. This shows that Pip has a vivid imagination. He continues to describe a 'Memorable raw afternoon'; this was said when Pip was describing a day, when he discovered the identity of things. Dickens used lexical choice in order to capture the reader's attention. In speaking of his afternoon with such expressions, the reader is able to question what happened to Pip on that afternoon. These examples of methods, makes the reader become more engaged in the novel, wanting them to read more. As the main character is described as someone who is deserving of love, comfort and a sense of belonging, in the sight of a reader, he is portrayed as someone who requires compassion. However, the convict, Magwitch, is first depicted as the total opposite. He is shown as rough, coarse and brusque. ...read more.

Conclusion

Poverty, fear, abuse and crime and the law, are the main themes for the first chapter. This is evident, even in the short glimpse that we get from within this chapter, with the understanding of Pip's life. Being without his parents, and having to live with his sister and brother-in-law, and having been harassed by the convict, Magwitch, who seems to have escaped from jail, are just two examples that show those themes. In conclusion, I believe that the opening chapter of Great Expectations is very effective. Not only is this one of the most exhilarating novels that a person could read, but it is one to recommend too. Due to the narration of Pip, the opening chapter would make readers very intrigued, wanting to know more about 'what's going to happen next' as well as Pip's life and what his outcome in life is. The choice of language as well as the literary terms used such as metaphors, similes and dramatic tension, would draw one's attention and keep them fascinated throughout the entire book. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alika Smith English Coursework Prose Study - Great Expectations Mr Arendse ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Charles Dickens's writing techniques in Great Expectations.

    After Pip realizes that he was wrong about Joe, he goes back to his original views of Joe which stay right through to the end of the novel. Mrs. Joe has a distinctly different impact on Pip which mostly led to Pip's shyness and cowardliness throughout his childhood.

  2. How does Charles Dickens create an effective opening to Great Expectations?

    These adverbs could not be any more contrasting and really stress Magwitch's physical dominance. Magwitch is bullying in how he handles Pip. "He turned me upside down, and emptied my pockets." and "He took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me."

  1. Analysing and explaining Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; Chapter 1.

    according to the particular program or film. In Leans film, the setting is in a dark and gloomy graveyard, set in a deserted, neglected and isolated marshland with open fields. The location is clearly artificial since the clouds appear flat and still as though painted, and the slight lighting is

  2. Great Expectations -how Dickens uses language in the opening chapter and in chapter 8.

    reassuring himself that there is nothing to be scared of, since he, apparently, knows the place. Also the use of "and" in front of the semi-colon shows the childish behaviour of Pip; he is worried and clueless. Towards the end of the third paragraph, Pip puts him self along with the list of the melancholy scenery.

  1. Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens ...

    Joes and brother in law Mr Joe the blacksmith in the marsh, in the southeast of England. His name is "Pip but it came from Pirrip his father and Christian name Philip". Pip is a passionate and romantic character; he tends to expect more for him then is reasonable.

  2. How does Dickens capture the reader's interest in the first eight chapters of 'Great ...

    all and beginning to cry' Pip's world is changed forever when the convict, Magwitch, appears. Pip is terrified when Magwitch turns him upside down and shakes him about, this resembles that Pips whole world is being changed or is soon to be.

  1. How is chapter 1 an effective opening to the novel Great Expectations?

    "My father's family name...I give Pirrip" It is very important to use 1st person narration due to the fact that Pip is telling information about himself. We learn things about him, for example, that he's family name is Pirrip and his Christian name is Pirrip.

  2. An evaluation of the effectiveness of chapter one of great expectations as the opening ...

    He uses phrases like 'bleak place overgrown with nettles', 'dark flat wilderness' and 'distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing' and one would usually associate features like these with fear. Dickens also tells us of Pips realisation that he is alone, 'at such a time I found out

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work