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How does Charles Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking in the novel 'Great Expectations

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How does Charles Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking in the novel 'Great Expectations?' In the novel 'Great Expectations,' Charles Dickens has managed to create several strong characters that are both memorable and striking and which definitely grab the reader's attention. He uses a variety of techniques to make the characters seem so real. Take the character of Pip for example. His full name is Phillip Pirrip although he could never pronounce it properly and all he could manage was Pip, so that stuck with him. The audience instinctively pictures a small, cute, friendly boy. As the story is written from this small child's point of view, you see the story through his own eyes. By doing this, certain parts of the story appear differently to the reader, as it isn't an adult telling you their story and what they have experienced. For example, when Pip firsts meets Magwitch, he finds him so terrifying as he seems a lot bigger and more powerful than himself. Pip always talks with a polite tongue and never speaks out of place. This shows that Pip, although having been brought up by a poor family and lost his parents and brothers very young, has still been raised well. ...read more.


Magwitch from a threatening man, to a kind, good willing soul, and Pip, from a friendly child to a grown up snob. Another piece of evidence from the story that shows that Pip has changed is when Mr. Joe Gargery, the man who brought him up comes to see Pip in London. Pip is very uncomfortable when he sees what Joe is wearing. The readers are now slightly ashamed of what the small boy they once met at the beginning of the story to what he has now turned out to be like. A bit further on in the story, he finds out that Magwitch once had a little girl and gave her away. Pip realises that that child is Estella. He tells Magwitch that he loves her and wants to be with her. Miss. Havisham is yet another character in 'Great Expectations' that stands out and grabs the reader's attention. There is quite a lot of descriptive writing about this out of the ordinary, different woman. She is described as a strange woman who lives in a big house with a young girl called Estella. All of the clocks in her house are all stopped at twenty minutes to nine. ...read more.


When he finds out that Estella is with another man, he is upset and heartbroken. The reader's feel so sorry for Pip but know that he is better off without her as Miss. Havisham would never allow them to be happy. Once Pip has become a gentleman, he is definitely a lot more confident but has also succeeded in becoming a snob, something that he hated about Estella the first time they met. Pip is extremely sad and upset and returns back to the empty house, which once housed the eccentric woman and the girl she raised. When he arrives, he finds Estella sitting inside. Her partner had left her and she had stopped her life just like Miss. Havisham had all those years before. Pip is extremely annoyed and rips open all of the windows to bring the light flooding back. He believes the house is old and cursed and tells Estella that she can't stay here. Pip and Estella instinctively fall in love and leave together to enjoy the rest of their life together. I believe that Charles Dickens created so many memorable characters in 'Great Expectations' by giving them such deep and interesting personalities and history. As he puts so much descriptive writing into the story, it helps the reader's to get right into the plot experiencing what happens alongside Pip. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kyle Davison ...read more.

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