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How does Charles Dickens create sympathy for Pip in chapters 1 and 8

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How does Charles Dickens create sympathy for pip in chapters 1 and 8 When we first start to read the story it is immediately obvious that Dickens is telling the story in the first person though the eyes of Pip. This is likely to cause us to see the story from his point of view. At the beginning of Great Expectations we immediately start to feel sympathy for Pip when he tells us that his mother and farther have died, that he has never seen a picture of them and because of this he has to create a picture in his mind from their tombstones and we get the feeling that he spends a lot of time visiting them. Then also the fact that we find out that his five little brothers have died "to five little stone lozenge's each about a foot and a half long each arranged in a nest row" creates even more sympathy and emotion towards Pip. ...read more.

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He then starts to shout and threaten Pip "keep still you little devil or I will cut your throat" which by this causes Pip out of pure terror to beg for his own life "Oh! Don't cut my throat, sir" "pray don't do it, sir." The terrible man then asks Pip to "pint" out the place where he lives. The man then shows abuse to Pip by turning him upside down and emptying his pockets and Pip has all of nothing but a piece of bread. This shows us that Pip is poor creating yet more sympathy, but yet the "terrible man" still carries on and eats the piece of bread creating more sympathy for Pip because we start to build an image in our heads of this helpless, vulnerable boy being tipped upside down and emptied of his pockets. ...read more.

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Pip even if he tries to hide "a boy may lock his door, may be warm in bed, may draw the clothes over his head, may think himself comfortable and safe, but that young man will softly creep up and creep his way to him and tear him open". Even though Pip is being faced by this terrible man he is still always polite this gives us great respect and sympathy for him as it gives us the impression he has been brought up well and has not done anything wrong in life to anybody and this terrible thing is happening to him. When the man leaves and Pip starts to leave for home he sees a gibbet seeing this must make Pip even more scared because this is what could happen to him if he is caught stealing the things for the man. He then runs home without stopping. ...read more.

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