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How does dickens create characters and settings that are both memorable and striking.

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How does dickens create characters and settings that are both memorable and striking * Language e.g. how they speak * Social class * Mood (setting) * Historical background * How the story is told * Characters o Pip o Magwitch o Miss Havisham Magwitch When Dickens is writing, he writes in the way that you would hear it being spoken in real life. He describes Magwitch's appearance in the sort of language as the sort of person he appears at first sight. He is described as having an iron on his leg. I think that this would make pip scared as he would realize that he was probably an escaped convict. He seems to have a speech impediment as he can not pronounce the letter v, we see this when he tries to say "Vittles" however he says "whittles". This way of writing is called phonetic. The descriptions of the setting where we first see Magwitch are very bleak and depressing. The fact that is in an empty grave yard, early in the morning. When Dickens describes the marshes he uses alliteration when he says "low, leaden sky". It makes us think of a dark, dismal landscape, "overgrown with nettles". The fact that it is not completely serious is when Magwitch asks where pips parents are, when pip points towards the gravestones behind him, Magwitch does a kind of comedic jump and whirls around to run, when he see no one, he checks with pip and finds that he was actually pointing to a gravestone. ...read more.


While he is at Miss Havishams house, he is treats with a great disdain because he is lower class. For example when Miss Havisham tells Estella to play cards with him she says "With this boy! Why, he is a common laboring boy". This is all to do with the class system of the time. I think that with pip narrating we get a better understanding of how he felt at those times and makes it seem more realistic. Pip Pip is a young boy who has no parents. I think that we feel a great amount of sympathy for pip when we first see him because he is all alone in a grave yard. In Victorian times, it was much more common for lots of people to die because there were lots more diseases and not very much medical help. One day whilst tending to his parents graves, he is attacked by a convict and, quite understandably, is very scared. When the convict threatens to cut his throat, he screams "Oh! Don't cut my throat, sir, pray don't do it, sir". He is very scared and you can tell this from the way he speaks. When he asks his name he replies very timidly "Pip, sir". The convict asks him to say it again, Pip replies with "Pip, Pip sir" we can also see that he is nervous here because he stutters and falters. ...read more.


This is because his sister wants him to impress a very old and powerful lady so that maybe she will favor them with money. He is ordered to play cards with Estella and when she arrives and is told what she has to do is horrified that she must play cards with "this common laboring boy". Pip is very embarrassed by this. Pip is even more embarrassed when he calls the knaves, jacks. He is having bitter feeling towards Joe Gargery for bringing him up the way he has, and why he taught him to calls knaves, jacks. He is constantly insulted and embarrassed when he is there with things like "look at what coarse hands he has" and "what thick boots he has". When pip is asked what he thinks of Estella, he comments that she is very pretty and very insulting. He also says "I think I should like to go home now." I think that this is because he is tired of being insulted every which way. He is told to play the game out, and he does so. When he is given some food and drink, Estella places it on the ground at his feet as if he was a dog. Pip gets so upset by this that he kicks away the plates and leans his head against the wall crying. This is because he does not like being treated like a dog. Again, I think that this is made all the more realistic by the fact that pip is telling the story. ...read more.

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