• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Dickens create sympathy for his characters in great expectations? Focus on Pip and two other characters you have studied.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Dickens create sympathy for his characters in great expectations? Focus on Pip and two other characters you have studied. Dickens creates sympathy for his characters in his novel Great Expectations. He initially focuses on the character of Pip and introduces him in the churchyard alone. This then leads on to introducing other characters though Pips point of view as his life develops. The plot is followed and based on Pips life from when he was a young boy to when he became a gentleman. When in the churchyard, Pip is scared into stealing some food and a file for an escaped convict. Pip then takes the food and the file to the escaped convict and learns that there is another convict in the churchyard with the other. The convict is then re-captured, and he makes sure the other convict is also is captured. Pip is later invited to the house of an heiress to a brewery; she is called Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham was jilted on her wedding day, and from that day has refused to change anything, and to this day was still in her room with her wedding dress on and all the wedding equipment (cake etc.). ...read more.

Middle

Pip's experiences are described as being new and almost daunting. 'Pretty large room' and 'in it was a draped table with a guilded looking glass'. This portrays a sense of luxury, yet in that room 'sat the strangest lady' which shows that Pip was very new to Miss Havisham's lifestyle. Pip is forced to everything that Miss Havisham tells him to mainly because she feels like she is better than Pip in every way because she has money. However, the reality is pip is the one with the manners and he is very polite to Miss Havisham despite the way she treats him. Pip is constantly being discouraged and put down. He is repeatably being called 'boy', which is very impersonal and demeaning. This in effect creates sympathy for Pip as the reader may feel that no one, especially a young child, should be treat like that. Miss Havisham and Estella speak negatively towards and about Pip, which also creates sympathy for pip. Because of this pip begins to feel inadequate. This then causes pip to speak negatively of Joe. Magwich is a vague character at the beginning of the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore, if you consider the historical facts then you have to consider the difference of classes. For a modern reader you may not have a lot of sympathy for Miss Havisham because of the way she treats pip. Miss Havisham bullies Pip into saying things that otherwise he would not have said. Dickens uses highly descriptive words for Miss Havisham,' she had the appearance of having drooped, body and soul, within and without', this creates sympathy for Miss Havisham by demonstrating the bleak and unopportunist life that she has. In conclusion, Dickens creates sympathy for his characters successfully to make the novel interesting and to keep the reader involved in the story. He does this by using several dramatical devices to bring his characters 'to life'. He has tried to help the reader understand the situations of the character in order to create sympathy for them. All the characters take a role in creating sympathy for each other by the way they tend to treat each other in the novel. Again, Dickens uses a great amount of descriptions and detail to convey sympathy. This is done successfully and does create the correct contrast of sympathy while comparing the different characters. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Social and Historical Background to 'Great Expectations'.

    He accomplished this in several ways, very successfully. Her used names to such as Joe and Miss's Joe, as Joe was a common name, a rich family would never dream of naming their child Joe, would notice this and know that he was a common labourer.

  2. Is it possible to feel sympathy for the Miss Havisham and Estella characters in ...

    My first reason for why we should not feel any sympathy towards Miss Havisham is because of the way in which she specifically brought Pip to her house so that he may fall in love with Estella, so that she may break his heart.

  1. Great expectations-How dickens creates sympathy for his characters

    Because Pip is made seen very weak, we feel sorry for him especially when we are given the horrible description of the convict. Dickens emphasises Pips naivety in many ways. The major way is by showing how trustworthy and respectful Pip is.

  2. An exploration of the ways in which issues of class and status are presented ...

    to be replaced by a newer Pip, although with some of his old traits of snobbery; he expects to be welcomed at the forge and plans to marry Biddy, even so, he is to be saved by the partnership he brought Herbert.

  1. How does Dickens create sympathy for his characters in the first 11 chapters of ...

    Even though he may have become an arrogant and highly conceited person, we still have that faith that he will turn into a true gentleman and not just some shallow-minded individual.

  2. Great Expectations. From my reading of the novel Great Expectations, I have found that ...

    'or I'll have your heart and liver out'. He tilted me again." The repetition in this phrase makes you empathise. In the cemetery scene, Pip is very formal, he treats Magwitch with a lot of respect although Magwitch has a low status, there is a lot of maturity within pip.

  1. How does Dickens create sympathy for his characters in Great Expectations?

    This instantly brings sympathy for Pip to the reader as we now know that he is an orphan. The author then continues describing the setting of where Pip is "intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden

  2. How does Charles Dickens create sympathy for characters in Chapters 1 and 8 of ...

    Pip says that 'My first most vivid and broad impression of things...on a memorable raw afternoon...' The word vivid is used to create the impression that this afternoon sticks out clearly in his memory and that it's in contrast to other events which have been forgotten and are less clear in his mind.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work