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How does Dickens engage the reader in 'Great Expectations'?

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Introduction

The text is created in an intelligent way so that it interests the reader from the beginning. The title itself stimulates the inquisitiveness of the reader. We are led to think that the novel promises a certain amount of drama or action. The text from the novel 'Great Expectations' is structured in a deliberate fashion to encourage the reader to read on. Great Expectations is a gothic novel. It explores various gothic genres which are mysterious and gloomy. The settings are dim and dismal and the gothic genre is created so that it would be familiar to a Victorian audience. The outlook of the genre would engage the reader from the beginning. The setting contains imagery so that the audience can have a clear picture of the scene. ...read more.

Middle

The inside of the house is quite creepy 'and still it was all dark' which makes the reader wonder of who might own and live in that house. The novel begins with Pip as a narrator. Due to this it makes the reader involved in the action immediately. We see the world through Pip's young and innocent eyes. Pip is a very young orphan. His imagination helps the audience to see how he feels about everything. This is shown when he imagines how the cows are 'talking to him'. The convict is depicted as evil and terrible in the beginning when he declares 'I'll cut your throat!' The audience responses later begin to change when the convict 'eats like a pig' this makes us feel sympathy for him as he has not eaten for days. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes the reader feel even more curious into wondering why she is dressed like that and all alone in the 'dark' in her room. The reader is more interested into finding more about these new characters. The structure is created in such a way so that it creates an affect on Dickens' audience. Quite a few chapters end on a note of suspense. He has done this so the readers won't be bored and to encourage them to keep on reading. This is shown when chapter one ends 'but now I was frightened again, and ran home without stopping' the reader is encouraged to find out what happens next. Dickens has used comedy several times in this novel. This is done so that the anxiety is lightened. The main theme that engages the reader is the introduction of Miss Havisham and Estella. The beginning of the novel intrigues the reader to promise some number of exciting and dramatic issues. ...read more.

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