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How does Dickens create tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations?

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Rakesh Sorathia How does Dickens create tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations? Introduction Great Expectations is about a young boy, Pip, who lives in a deprived town with his sister (Mrs Joe) and her husband (Mr Joe). Pip meets a fugitive, Magwitch and after meeting with this runaway he fears from his life. Pip is then summoned to go and play at Miss Havisham's house. He then falls in love with Estella who chooses to ignore Pip, which makes him feel pitiful and he hates himself for this. Suddenly his life starts to change as he receives an astonishing gift from a covert benefactor. Pip becomes rich and decides to go and live in London. After becoming rich, Pip decides to forget about his friend, Mr Joe because he is poor and Pip is ashamed of Mr Joe. Pip, the protagonist chooses to forget Mr Joe and go after the one he loves, Estella. Estella does not love Pip and she ignores him as if he does not exist. Great Expectations is set in the early 1800's (19th Century), right after the industrial revolution, which brings hunger, poverty and poor living and housing conditions. ...read more.

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In the graveyard it is stormy, its raining, its dark and Pip is sad because he is visiting his parents grave's. (Pathetic Fallacy), in Satis house its dark and prison like. I have compared both settings. Dickens creates tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham by creating the two similar settings and comparing both Magwitch and Miss Havisham to one another. Paragraph Three - Dickens creates tension through his initial description of Magwitch and Miss Havisham Dickens creates tension through his initial description of Magwitch and Miss Havisham by describing Magwitch as a convict; he is scruffy, rough and desperate to get what he wants. Meanwhile Dickens describes Miss Havisham as old, decayed, smelly and she lives in a dirty environment because she is wearing her wedding gown, which has turned yellow over the past years. Evidence of Dickens describing Magwitch in this way is that "a fearful man, in a coarse gray" this shows that Magwitch is feared from and he I dirty. Evidence of Dickens describing Miss Havisham as dirty is that "...and was faded and yellow..." ...read more.

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Dickens creates tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham by creating the two stories and the different ways in which Pip finds them out. Paragraph Five - How does Dickens create tension in Magwitch's escape attempt? Dickens creates tension in Magwitch's escape attempt by withholding info. E.g. the audience does not know that Compeyson is following Magwitch until Compeyson and Magwitch are actually fighting and Compeyson is finally killed. Dickens creates tension though his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham by creating the fight between Compeyson and Magwitch, creating the fight between Compeyson and Magwitch also creates tension created by withholding information because the audience does not know that Compeyson is following Magwitch. Conclusion In this essay I have argued about how Charles Dickens has created tension in "Great Expectations". Magwitch does not die a painful death because he has Pip by his side and he is not hanged. Whereas Miss Havisham is burnt alive with no one to say goodbye to her. Therefore Magwitch dies a happier death and Miss Havisham suffers because Estella and herself were trying to seek revenge on the male sex by hurting Pip and Estella broke Pip's heart. Dickens creates tension through his presentation of Magwitch and Miss Havisham by creating death scenes. By Rakesh Sorathia ...read more.

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