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How does Dickens make us feel sorry for Pip? Look at the opening scene and the extract when he first meets Miss Havisham.

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How does Dickens make us feel sorry for Pip? Look at the opening scene and the extract when he first meets Miss Havisham. The two scenes in the novel "Great Expectations" explain how Pip is threatened and intimidated by both Magwitch and Miss Havisham, although in different ways. Magwitch is very physical and violent as he threatens Pip, whereas Miss Havisham is strange as she makes weird requests to Pip. This makes Pip feel intimidated, too, but more in a psychological way. The settings of the two scenes are also very different. Pip meets Magwitch in a very bleak dull graveyard on the empty dark flat wilderness of the marshes. Pip was at the graveyard visiting his parents' graves At that point Pip had already wanted to go home before Magwitch jumped out at him. The graveyard was a cold depressing place. Dickens describes the wind as coming from a "savage lair". This metaphor makes us think of a wild animal, which could be dangerous. ...read more.

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"Or I'll have your heart and liver out" shows also that he is desperate to get away and have some food and to get a file to cut the shackles so he can escape. This would explain his threatening behaviour to Pip. He even talks about a non-existent character that will tear his heart out if Pip tells anyone. Pip is also rather vulnerable throughout most of his ordeal. The quote "his eyes looked most powerfully into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his" shows that Magwitch is exercising great power over the child. This must have been an extremely frightening experience for Pip. In the Miss Havisham passage, the white on Miss Havisham's dress "was faded and yellow" shows how she's changed into a withered lady who is sick and intent on breaking someone's heart by any means because of the symbolism of the pure white wedding dress showing innocence and purity and also how joyful and happy a wedding should be, whereas it is now all withered and faded as she is not pure anymore and is faded. ...read more.

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Because Pip knows about this, he tries to convince her that he is nice and devotes his younger life to her. Since Pip met Estella, the way he felt about Joe, changed dramatically. Pip now feels rather ashamed of Joe being a Blacksmith. Joe really loves him and cares for him but Pip now regrets this in the ways that he shows to us. Because of this, Pip is not being true to his roots. Pip fell in love with Estella and wanted her to love him, so he spends most of his childhood being ashamed of hi background and family to try n make her like him. This shows how mentally changed Pip was from Estella. All in all Dickens makes us feel sorry for Pip in two very different powerful ways but even though Magwitch is scary physically I would personally be more petrified of Miss Havisham who is mentally abusive as she is very authorative, in the way she orders others around to do things. And she has gone through so much and then wants to put a poor child through it too. Joni Ellenby English Coursework Mrs. Williams ...read more.

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