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How does dickens succeed in making this a memorable and significant moment in the novel? Refer closely to the text using relevant references to support your comment.

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Tom Nadin 09/01/2004 Prose Coursework Unit Great Expectation By Charles Dickens How does dickens succeed in making this a memorable and significant moment in the novel? Refer closely to the text using relevant references to support your comment. Charles Dickens makes this extract memorable and significant as it is the first time Pip, a working class boy from the forge, meets Miss Havisham and Estella who are going to have an important and significant affect on his life. Pip is invited to Miss Havisham's residence Statis house. This is important as he doesn't know why he was invited and before he goes he is told there may be something in this for him. The reader knows this might be true due to the title of the play "Great Expectations" Dickens makes Pip's first encounter with Miss Havisham and Estella at Statis House a significant and memorable point in the novel in a number of ways. The first point that makes it memorable is that it is written in first person narrative. Pip says "sat the strangest lady I have ever seen, or ever shall see". This image is seen through the eyes of a child so it will be memorable to him as he will never forget this lady. This also gives the reader first hand experience into what Pip is seeing. Another point why Dickens makes this a significant and memorable part of the novel is that at the beginning of the extract we do not know who the lady is. ...read more.

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now waxwork and skeleton seem to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me" This is memorable as it triggers Pips memory to compare the "skeleton" and "waxwork" to the lady in front of him. The words "ghastly" and "skeleton" make it sound like a nightmare and ghosts. After Pip says "I should have cried out if I could". Pip is speechless at this point, he's hypothetical as daren't make a sound. This is memorable to Pip as he is scared of this lady and he cannot runaway as he is also scared of his sister and what she will do to him if he does. When the lady speaks it is significant as she says "Who is it" said the lady at the table". This shows the age of the lady again as she cant remember calling for Pip, it also arises the question of if she is in a full mental state. Dickens still doesn't tell us who this woman is as he uses the pronoun "lady" to tell the reader who is talking at the time. When Pip answers her he says "Come to play". The hyphen makes it significant to the reader as it shows he's almost to embarrassed to say it. A significant and memorable part of the extract is when the lady says "come nearer; let me look at you. Come close" Dickens uses the imperative to show how this lady likes to be in control this makes it significant to the reader but probably memorable to Pip as this will probably scare him. ...read more.

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This use of the exclamation mark shows the imperative and shows how she is in control. The repetition is so she can get her point across. This is significant as it is not portraying her as a nice character. A memorable and significant part of this extract is when Pip says "For a moment, with the fear of my sister's working me before my eyes" This is significant as he is frightened of what his sister will do to him. Another significant and memorable part of the extract is when Pip tells Miss Havisham "I am very sorry for you...I cant play just now. If you complain of me I shall get into trouble with my sister". This is significant as he is being honest to Miss Havisham after lying to him. A significant part of the extract is the introduction of a character. The character is Miss Havishams adopted daughter "Estella". Estella means star and this is significant as she is the light in Miss Havishams eyes. Miss Havisham is also using Estella for revenge and she will be the light in Pips life. In conclusion I think this is a significant and memorable part of the play as Dickens spends a lot of time describing Miss Havisham. He also confuses and tricks us into believing she is a young bride. It is also significant and memorable as it is written in first person so we get to see it from Pips point of view. The introduction of Estella is also a key moment in the play as she will be an influential person in Pips life. ...read more.

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