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How does Charles Dickens present Pip as vulnerable in the opening chapters of Great Expectations?

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How does Charles Dickens present Pip as vulnerable in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations'? Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' in 1864. Great Expectations is about a boy called Pip, and how his life changes for the good when he meets Magwitch, a convict in the marshes. Charles Dickens wrote 'Great Expectations' and drew upon the similarities to his own life. He was born in 1812 and was the eldest son in a family of 8, his father went to prison, so he had to work in a warehouse, but still went on to be one of the greatest Victorian novelists. That is how the story mirrors his life. Pip too starts off as a poor person then achieves greatness in his life. Charles Dickens uses a wide range of techniques to make Pip, the main character vulnerable, so the reader will feel sympathetic towards him. The way Charles Dickens makes Pip vulnerable is he meets people who treat him very badly, and he is forced to be alone in desolate places, at the start of the novel. In the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations', the settings is in the marshes near the River Thames. ...read more.

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Mrs Joe also treats her husband very badly. The quote 'it's bad enough to be a blacksmiths wife without being your mother, this explains that she hates Joe and Pip, and that she is like the man of the house. The only good thing about Pips home life is the way Joe treats him with compassion in comparison. Joe is like a brother to Pip he treats him with care, and he is the only person pip can go to, and the only person who cares for him. Charles Dickens uses verbs such as, 'I whimpered,' and 'I don't know' to show that pip is a quiet boy, and is scare of Mrs. Joe. His home life makes him more vulnerable, because his home life is violent, he is beaten by a stick called Tickler 'tickler was a wax ended cane, worn smooth by collision with my tickled frame; this suggests that violence is constant. Pips home life will make the reader feel even more sympathetic for Pip, because he gets beat and, he has no one who cares for him except for Joe Gargery, who also gets abused by Mrs Joe Gargery, the reader will also amuse be amused, because Joe Gargery who is supposed to be the man of the house is abused by his own wife. ...read more.

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Satis house is a dark place with no natural sunlight and is dirty with cobwebs all over this place; the house will make Pip feel like he is in a witch's house, since Pip is so gullible this place would make Pip feel more vulnerable. The people he meets also make him vulnerable, like the convict, his sister, Miss Havisham and Estella. The Convict is a person who is fearful and is in coarse grey clothes, and he is very aggressive and violent because, he threatens to take Pip heart and liver out, so this would make him vulnerable. His sister is violent and show resents towards him she beats him with a cane, and the cane beating is so constant the cane has his frame on it, and finally Estella makes him vulnerable because, she make fun of him because, he is poor and wears coarse boots this make him realise how poor he is and make depressed, and motivates him to become a gentleman. Charles dickens language techniques is very complex because the words he uses to make the reader feel so sorry for Pip, and the complex sentences which has more than 3 ands in, this makes it build up tension. This make the reader want to carry on reading and find out what will happen to Pip at the end of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Umar Ahmed 10e ...read more.

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