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How does Charles Dickens make the reader feel sympathy for Pip in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations'?

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'Great Expectations' Year 9 GCSE Essay By Samia Ismail How does Charles Dickens make the reader feel sympathy for Pip in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations'? For the past half term, in English, we have been spending our lessons on a novel by Charles Dickens called 'Great Expectations' We have been concentrating on the opening Chapters as well as to understand the novel. 'Great Expectations' is based on a boy called Pip. Pip is an orphan who lives with his cruel sister and husband Joe Smith who's a blacksmith. He is poor and lonely as his siblings unfortunately died. The book tells us how Pip was encountered with a convict and how his life has changed from there. Pip was given the chance to become a 'Gentlemen' and the novel takes us through an adventure, which along the way picks up secrets. Dark secrets. Eventually Pip ends up with his lifetime sweetheart Estella. Throughout this essay, I will be explaining as well as describing how the author, Charles Dickens, makes the reader, feel sorry for Pip. We are now going to look at the first Opening Chapter. Chapter one is basically telling us who the main person is and setting the scene in which he was brought up with his sister. Charles Dickens has written this novel in first person so it helps us to understand Pips feelings. ...read more.


Think, how you would react, what would you do and how you will feel. In this chapter we find out who the novel is actually based on and from whose perspective are we looking from. We read on to find out about his past and his family life. We find out where the first chapter is set in and where he was at that present time in which he was writing at. We find out that his parents have died as well as his siblings leaving him the only child as well as his elder sister. We find out how he imagines his parents to actually look like from him looking at the gravestone and the knowledge he has about them. He then has that drastic meeting with the convict. The chapter is left there as a cliff-hanger so we will read on and find out more. Nowadays convicts can rarely escape as there is more then police watching over them. Inventions have been popping up more and more to make technology to keep a watch over criminals. But in those days you only had a bar and someone watching over you that was it. There would be more criminals who in those days could easily escape but in this century that would be impossible unless you got an appeal and fought in court. ...read more.


When looking back Joe looked horrified that he could eat a slice of bread so quickly and in one munch, he started to talk to Pip and then Mrs Gargery overheard, she wanted to know what had happened and because none would tell, she got Joes hair and started to push his head against the wall so many times that he gave up and told about Pip eating the slice of bread in one piece without munching it. By that she made both drink tar water. In those days it was said that tar was very good for you. Well they presumed that it was good for you. This Chapter goes on to tell us how Pips home life was. In this Chapter Charles Dickens helps us to feel sympathy for Pip by giving him such a nasty home life. He writes that Pips sister hits not only Pip but also Joe. She is very nasty towards them. In these days it is now illegal to hit any child let alone your child. The cane has been banished and if you treat your children in a harmful manner, your children would be taken away from you. It is not situation Pip was in then not even for Joe as he got the painfulness out of both of them. Chapter 8 is when Pip goes to meet Estella and Mrs Havisham. He was invited to go and meet her to play as it was written in the letter. ...read more.

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