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How does Dickens create sympathy for Pip in this novel? The novel Great Expectations is about a young orphan called Pip. The poor orphan

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS How does Dickens create sympathy for Pip in this novel? The novel Great Expectations is about a young orphan called Pip. The poor orphan lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith. As a child he meets an escaped convict, a strange old lady Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella with whom he later falls in love with. An anonymous person allows pip with their fortune to be educated as a gentleman in London. He soon discovers the kindness and generosity was from the convict he had previously helped as a young child. This news destroys his hopes of happiness with Estella, but will luck change as he finds out more? In chapter 1 Pip talks to us briefly about himself. In a graveyard Pip happens to meet a convict who doesn't seem to come to be a nice character at the beginning. He asks for pips help, as he is weak and hungry. He threatens Pip to get him whittles and a file. Brave Pip wanted to stick to his word and so he took them to the convict the next day. From that day on Pip never spoke about him to anyone. This took courage, as he knew he was in the wrong. This reminded Dickens of his father so he was trying to show the Victorian audience how badly the convicts were treated. ...read more.


Pip being with Magwitch made us feels sympathy for Pip as we think he is in great danger. We think of death when we see them together, Pip doesn't seem safe. The first thing Magwitch says to Pip when he see's him is 'Hold your noise!!' the use of exclamation marks here creates sympathy for Pip as he says this in a threatening tone by a 'terrible voice'. Magwitch says horrible things to Pip such as 'keep still you little devil or ill cut your throat!' He often threatens Pip, which shows aggressive behavior. We feel sympathy for Pip when he gets threatened as Magwitch is sort of making up fairy tale story's to scare him, and we can see that Pip believes his threats. The audience feels sympathy for Pip, as he seems to come off as the 'victim' in the novel. Magwitch tips Pip upside down in this chapter to see if Pip has any food on him. He also grabs Pip while telling him that he wants whittles and a file, and at the same time tilting him back as if to give him greater sense of helplessness and danger. I think this is being cruel and aggressive towards him. It makes us feel sympathy for Pip as he comes off as the poor innocent character once again through the novel. We feel this, as we already know that he is an orphan, he and his sister are not very close and that Pip feels alone with nobody to turn to. ...read more.


He may do this because he's polite or maybe even because he's scared. He also 'pleads in terror' towards Magwitch which shows that Pip is terrified of what the convict might do. We know this as Pip says 'please sir don't cut my throat' When he talks to Magwitch he also uses quite quick and short sentences, as if he can't get his words out. We get the impression that Pip is scared to talk to Magwitch incase he says the wrong thing. Pip stutters a few times during the chapter. One time is at the end of the chapter where Pip is about to leave he says 'goo-good-night, sir' the stutter shows his fear through his speech which makes the audience feel sympathy for him even more. The last thing Pip does in the chapter is run home. He does this because he is afraid but at the same time he knows what he has to do. I think Dickens has wrote the novel like this as his father was a convict and he wanted to show the Victorian audience how badly convicts were actually treated. CONCLUSION I think Dickens has definitely successfully created sympathy for Pip in this chapter. Pip seems to be the innocent character in this that automatically makes us feels sympathy for him. Dickens has also not totally alienated us from Magwitch as he had other issues he wanted to convey. I think Dickens has really described to us what convicts used to feel like, as his father had the same experience, which made the novel believable. Elena Agathangelou ...read more.

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