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How does Dickens(TM)s create a sense of Magwitch(TM)s character?

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Introduction

Great Expectations How does Dickens's create a sense of Magwitch's character? Magwitch is introduced to the story on the first few pages of the book in chapter 1. Before Magwitch is introduced Dickens creates a feeling of mystery and leaves you with a sense of unknown as he describes the churchyard in which Pip and Magwitch meet. "This bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard". In the first sentence he talks about the churchyard, he portrays it as an uninviting, drab and dreary place, which has not been looked after very well, this gives you an idea that it is very desolate and not many people go there. It is in this graveyard where Pip, who is visiting his family's graves, encounters Magwitch who ties in very well with the graveyard setting. It is in this location, you expect to find a character like Magwitch, a rough looking escape convict with iron holding his legs together and shabby clothes on, as if he has risen from one of the graves. ...read more.

Middle

He is saying that because he is not wearing a hat he is from a lower class. In the first chapter of the book Magwitch is threatening Pip with his life if he doesn't do what he says. He is not a very loveable character and the scenery just makes him seen as a very sinister character. The last sentence of the chapter shows Pip running away from the graveyard frightened and scared and with a sense of unease as he is going to see Magwitch again but he doesn't quite know what is going to happen. It is this feeling of mystery and unease that is related to Magwitch throughout the whole of the book and is felt not only by Pip but also by the reader. Characters are never just encountered for one chapter then just disappear, they always come back with a story behind them. Characters are never wasted in Dickens's stories. The next time Magwitch reappears in the story is in Chapter 39 when Pip is twenty-three and is accustomed to his new lifestyle as "gentleman" in London, which was all provided for him by his unknown benefactor Magwitch. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I reluctantly gave him my hands. He grasped them heartily raised them to his lips, kissed them and still held them, 'You acted Nobly my boy, Noble Pip! And I have never forgot it". This makes you think that Magwitch was never a horrible character, he was just afraid. Dickens highlights the fact that Magwitch is still wearing the same shabby clothes as he had done all those years back and made Pip the young "gentleman" that all men aspire to be .Also the way in which Magwitch speaks gives away his social class, "Do I tell it fur you to feel a obligation ?". From chapter 39 to the end of the book the relationship between Pip and Magwitch develops and after Pip gets over the fact that he has become a gentlemen with dirty money he then warms to Magwitch, who unlike before is portrayed as a very loveable character. Like most of Dickens characters there is always a second personality to them, which he creates a sense of from the scenery at the time the character is present to the clothes and how the character behaves. ...read more.

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