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How Does Charles Dickens Engage the Reader In "Great Expectations? Focus On Chapters 1-8"

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Introduction

HOW DOES CHARLES DICKENS ENGAGE THE READER IN "GREAT EXPECTATIONS? FOCUS ON CHAPTERS 1-8" Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is considered to be the greatest book he has ever sold. By the time Charles Dickens had started his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations, he was a national hero. After living as a shoe polisher, the upper class citizens of England started to realise through his writing what was happening to their fellow lower class citizens. Dickens' excellence in this book is shown right throughout. However, the way he engages the reader is even more fascinating. He uses many techniques and devices to engage the reader. Jus the title "Great Expectations" is a huge surprise and the reader would like to know what the "Great Expectation" is. The gothic genre, in the 1860's was a very popular genre, because it was still very new. The new tradition of the novel of suspense, horror, fear, and superstition that began with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), was continued into the nineteenth-century by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This popular genre was then used by Dickens in Great Expectations in the form of Magwitch, and the sometimes suspenseful Pip. It is also shown right throughout the novel in the form of the settings on the novel. ...read more.

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It is here we find out, how young and tender this boy is. He is very na�ve vulnerable ""Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!" is usually a very sarcastic threat and no human being would have the courage to carry out such an inhumane act, however, Pip is very scared and is willing to do whatever his captor says. The reader feels as if he is too young to be in a big harsh world as he is in. Pip's imagination is also a key factor in why the reader likes him and feels sorry for him. "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. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly." This shows that he is a very conscious boy of his state, and knows very well about the dangers of this world. We also see that he is a very caring and affectionate boy, and this is typically shown when he says "Goo-good night, sir," to his captor. This shows that he is loyal even to his enmies and that he was bought up with manners by Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gargery are two very different characters which enables the reader to explore the lives of the two living together. It is one way that Dickens engages the reader. Dickens' structure in Great Expectations is outstanding. He engages the reader with this technique he uses. Several chapters in the first part of the play end on a note of suspense. This attracts the reader to read on more to see what happens next. For example, in the fourth chapter he ends it just as the guards have come to the door of Joe's house. Dickens deliberately does this to encourage the reader to read on and find out what happens as the guards enter." Are they here for Pip? Have they caught Pip helping the convict? "These questions encourage the reader to carry on reading. Charles Dickens has used many techniques in his novel "Great Expectations" to engage the reader from the outset of the novel. Many techniques such as the use of gothic genre, the gothic settings and the unusual characters in the novel really engage the reader to read further on. He also cleverly formats the novel in many chapters with cliffhangers to preserve the reader's attention. Dickens cleverly combines the above techniques to engage the reader. His elegant writing allows the reader to understand the novel and to stay contained in it. ADNAAN HAQ ...read more.

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