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How does Dickens Presentation of Pips threatened childhood in chapters 1-8 of great Expectations manipulate the reader?

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How does Dickens Presentation of Pips threatened childhood in chapters 1-8 of great Expectations manipulate the reader? 'Great expectations' is a book written by Charles Dickens, and was first published in 1861. Charles Dickens was a Victorian writer and also a social commentator during the time. The novel 'Great Expectations' commentates on lower class life in the Victorian era. The book is mainly based on social criticism. The novel is about a boy called Pip who has a cruel start to life, living with his mean sister and her husband. With many people indifferent to Pips life, Pip starts with low expectations wanting to go to prison. Afterwards his life changes when he is described as a common labouring boy, eager to change this he also changes his expectations in life and from wanting to go to prison, or becoming a blacksmith he wants to become a gentleman and have a high status. ...read more.

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We feel sorry for him because of the circumstances that he has to go through after everything he has gone through already. Charles Dickens manipulates us by making Pip look feeble and even weaker than he already is by creating situations where people much older and stronger that him can mock him and take advantage of his weaknesses. Throughout the novel Dickens also uses emotive language. In the first chapter Pip is described as "a bundle of shivers". This makes the reader feel sorry for him. Using emotive language makes the reader understand what the character is feeling, as well as the surrounding atmosphere of the plot. Therefore the reader is made to feel like the author wants-this showing further manipulation. Using a first person narrative is another way that Dickens manipulates us. An example of this from the novel "I could see nothing but darkness" (chapter 1). Using the first person narrative is the foremost effective device that Dickens uses to manipulate the reader. ...read more.

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Summarising, we can see that, Dickens presents Pip as a person with a bad past: all his family dead. Pip's personality matches his appearance. He is feeble: emotionally and physically. Out of all the characters Pip is the only one main one that makes the reader feel a degree of sympathy toward them. Out of all the characters Pip is the one that asks for sympathy the most. Dickens manipulates us by using many devices literary and descriptive. His portrayal of Pip as the narrator of the novel as well as the main character is the most manipulative. As well as finding out the story from him we see what feels like. By doing this Dickens manipulates us to feel worried for Pip and his threatened childhood. With his life lacking many aspects like parents and a proper upbringing we sympathize with him. The portrayal of other characters makes us worry for him as well. However the most important way is how Pip himself is presented. Nataliya Charnetski 10A ...read more.

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