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How does Dickens make this passage effective?

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How does Dickens make this passage effective? From pages 313 to 315 The beginning of the passage is very effective. There are many contrasts and contrasts are what make a piece of literature effective. The main contrast here is the convict, Magwitch, and the rich young man, Pip. Pip is young and relatively inexperienced in the ways of the world, having just been propelled from a blacksmiths apprentice with virtually no money, to a man living in the city with money donated by a soon-to-be revealed benefactor. Magwitch, on the other hand, has travelled across the world and back, has been poor and a convict for most of his life. Here are two very contrasted lives and already Dickens has made the reader want to see how these two characters get on. Whether there is chemistry between them or if they instantly dislike each other. ...read more.


a smile, ' as ask you how you have done well, since you and me was out on those lone shivering marshes.' The convict here is obviously playing with him. He knows how well Pips done because of him and yet he still hasn't admitted it was he. When the convict finally reveals himself, he does it in what I think is a very clumsy way. 'Could I make some guess, I wonder...at your income since you come of age! As to the first figure now. Five?' Pip now freaks out which is a perfectly reasonable thing to do in the circumstances. All his aspirations for the future have now just vanished. He thought Miss Havisham was the benefactor; he would be her heir and then marry Estella. Now the convict has revealed himself to him, Pip realises that his dream will not happen and that more importantly he will not marry Estella after all. ...read more.


The money that the convict has given to him is money, which has been earned from honest sheep farming and trading in Australia. Pip doesn't care how the money has been made but he doesn't like the idea that the money has come from the convict. This is another reason why this passage is effective; Dickens shows how someone can change from fearing someone to detesting them within in a matter of minutes. We all face this situation at some point in our lives and Dickens makes this passage effective and we can see this in the way Pip acts. It is effective because we can relate indirectly to the way he acts. As I said before Pip is frightened when the convict reveals that he is Pips benefactor. 'All the truth of my position came flashing on me; and its disappointments, dangers, disgraces, consequences of all kinds, rushed in in such a multitude that I was borne down by them and had to struggle for every breath I drew. ...read more.

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