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How are our impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes shaped by Dickens' use of language?

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How are our impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes shaped by Dickens' use of language? In this essay I'm going to write about how our impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes are shaped by Dickens' use of language. In Great Expectations Pip first meets Miss Havisham and falls in love with Estella, then his new Guardian Mr Jaggers told Pip that he would be going to London to become a gentleman thanks to his mysterious benefactor. In London he met Estella but was heartbroken when he found out that she's going to marry Drummle. Later Pip found out that the convict Magwitch whom he met when he was in the country was his mysterious benefactor, but soon after Magwitch got caught and died. Pip fell ill and went back to the country and rescues the now divorced Estella out the the dark house of Miss Havisham. In Chapter One Pip talks about his family and meets an escaped convict which as we know later on, is called Magwitch. This chapter is important to the novel because it first introduces Magwitch, and without him, even though he stays hidden for a long time, there wouldn't be a story. We also get to know about Pip's past and how he feels about his past. We need to know this because it builds up his character later on. Dickens introduced the reader to the 'older' Pip and the 'younger' Pip simultaneously using how the way Pip writes about his past. ...read more.


Once people see one side of a person, it's very difficult to look at them in a different way, so Magwitch have to be presented early in the story. Dickens also want the readers to be prepared for events later on, when we see Magwitch from a good side, so that we can understand him better. Magwitch compared with Pip is like the predator and its prey. The hungry, angry, dirty wolf and a helpless seed who is far too innocent to run away. But in a way, they're very similar to each other. In the first few paragraphs we see the stuck up, haughty Pip who is so bitter about his past that he made jokes of it to cover up. Then we see Pip really as a little Pip compared to Magwitch. We see Magwitch as a villain when he's with Pip, but we also see the Pip-like side of him when he's alone, walking towards no where. In amidst all this clustered events, Magwitch did take pity on Pip. Just for a moment when Pip told him that his parents are dead. But we don't find out the reason why Magwitch took pity on Pip until near the end of the novel. Magwitch took pity because Pip brought back memories of his own. Magwitch remembers that he had a daughter that he lost, so he can understand when you loose someone close. ...read more.


They know what it's like to be in the cities and for some of them they would feel as if the story was based on them. Even the gloomy settings of the countryside wouldn't put them off, as it's anything to escape the densely packed cities. I think Dickens definitely have a romantic view of nature in Great Expectations. But his views are not just one sided because he didn't go on and on about how good the countrysides are. He looked at why people would want to go to cities and brought out all the good points of the cities. Then he explored how people becomes tired of the city lives and brought out the good points of the countryside. Generally though, his views were more on the romantic side as his writing reminds us all the way through that the countryside stays innocent, pure and freedom is everywhere. Our impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes were shaped by Dickens' use of symbolic language. He used symbols of things that Victorians knew and built vivid images in readers minds. Dickens had also used lots of hidden metaphors, which doesn't have the usual 'as if'. Based on our first impressions of Pip, Magwitch and the marshes, this remains a very memorable opening chapter in literary history because it created a very realistic scene. The readers would not be reading it, they would be seeing the story. It's also because of Dickens' clever use of symbolism and dropping clues about the future, which keeps the readers guessing. The chapter just make the story a whole lot more interesting. ...read more.

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