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How does Dickens create Humour, Compassion and Irony?

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How does Dickens create Humour, Compassion and Irony? We have read the book 'Great Expectations.' We know who all the main characters are. We know that each of the characters all have their own personality. The book is told in first person. Pip tells the story from his point of view. Pip is a young boy at the start and has lost all his family. He lives with his sister and her husband Joe Gargery. He thinks that because his sister brought him up by hand that she made Joe marry he by hand also. His sister beats him and always wants to know were pip and Joe is at all times. Joe treats pip as an equal to him. Like he is his own son or brother. At the start pip knows that he had other brothers and sisters but he doesn't know what they were like. Can you imagine being totally in love with someone who is completely turned off by you? ...read more.


The relationship between pip and Estella is very complex and ironic. It keeps the reader entertained, with the humour of sophisticated children. A major irony, of situation occurs when Estella kisses pip after insulting and degrading him. The reader becomes confused with Estella actions and feels sympathy for pip. The confusion causes conflict, which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. When Estella says, "come here! You may kiss me if you like" this is something unexpected, which lives up the story. Dickens portrays Miss Havisham in a very unique way. There is a dramatic irony between Miss Havisham and pip. It is ironic how she wanted to watch him becomes miserable, just because he is of the male gender, and ironically she grew to like him. She even paid part of pip expenses for the partnership. Yet what is more ironic is that Miss Havisham does not praise herself for the good deed. ...read more.


It seems pip is talking about a child and not a grown adult. This is a humorous irony the keeps the audience entertained, because it is unusual. Finally, there is the relationship between Mrs. Joe and pip that consists of verbal irony. Pip says, "My sister, more Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbours because she brought me up hand." This is ironic because pip interprets it as if brought up by hand ment that he was punished and disciplined with beatings. More Joe however, ment that she alone had to bring him up with no help. They both have totally opposite ideas of what the same thing means. The many different ironies dickens used to create suspense and conflict between pip and the others gave the novel flavour. It keeps it interesting and keeps the reader awake. There are many lessons learned through dickens's use of irony. An example is the irony between able Magwitch and pip, which teaches those good things, may come bad, or that you cannot judge a book by looking at it. ...read more.

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