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How does Dickens create an atmosphere of fear in chapter one and how does his portrayal of Magwitch differ to that in chapter thirty-nine?

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Introduction

How does Dickens create an atmosphere of fear in chapter one and how does his portrayal of Magwitch differ to that in chapter thirty-nine? In this Essay I will be explaining to you about the novel Great Expectations. The Novel is about a young boy called Philip Pirrip, also known as Pip. Pip meets a convict (called Magwitch) who has escaped from prison on the marshes he terrifies pip into getting him a file and some food. Magwitch is then caught whilst fighting with another man and doesn't tell anyone about Pip. Pip Meets Miss Havisham and Estella. Pip learns to read and write. His sister is attacked and dies. Someone sets Pip up with some money in the fourth year of his apprenticeship. Pip arrives in London and stays with Mr Herbert. Pip meets Estella again and she is now a young woman. Pip is 23 and doing well, Magwitch comes back and tells Pip that he is in fact his benefactor. Estella is set to marry Drummle; Miss Havisham dies in a fire. Orlick tries to murder Pip. The escape attempt for Magwitch fails, Magwitch is captured and later dies, Pip explains to Magwitch that his daughter Estella is a lady, Pip is now very close to Magwitch and is upset at his death. ...read more.

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The first piece of dialogue in chapter39 is again as chapter1 it is between Magwitch and Pip and again Magwitch is the first to speak, "Mr. Pip." This shows reversal of roles, Magwitch is now the one being polite like pip was in chapter 1. Magwitch appears to have changed in a very unexpected way from chapter 1, "Holding out both his hands to me." Magwitch is now being very welcoming instead of being abusive like in chapter 1. When Magwitch finally tells Pip the reason why he is in pips building he says it with such gratitude, "I wish to come in, Master." This shows that Pip has a higher status than Magwitch and shows that Pip has more power therefor reverses the power from chapter 1. Pip now has the figure that Magwitch was in chapter 1 "as civilly as I could." This now reverses the roles from chapter 1 as pip is now the one who is finding it hard to be polite to Magwitch this in turn Reverses the roles as Magwitch is finding it very easy to be polite to pip. Pip is now portrayed as the hurtful one, "course broken voice." ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows Magwitch's complete devotion to Pip. Later on in the chapter Magwitch explains to Pip that he is risking his life him, "I should of a certainty be hanged if took." This shows that Magwitch is risking his life just to see Pip and will be hanged if caught. Magwitch has now reversed his portrayal of chapter 1 into the complete opposite picture, "when he again took me by both hands." This repetition of action echoes the tilting gesture in chapter 1, Magwitch is now gentle and affectionate instead of violent and abusive. Magwitch has completely reversed his portrayal from that in chapter 1. So instead of being a horrible convict who abuses children he is now a gentle affectionate and loving man towards people. I have learnt that even though Magwitch at the start of the novel was a very uneasy person to understand. He changed and is now very easy to understand, I myself would not mind meeting him, but if it were chapter 1 I was meeting him in I would stay well clear of him, as he was in fact every child's worst nightmare come true but then turn in to every child's ideal father, Loving, affectionate, and cares only about making his child happy in life. Valentina Parker 10TU English 10S1 Filename: Essay Of Great Expectations 05/05/07 1 ...read more.

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