• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Dickens successfully link Magwitch's appearance in Chapter one with his return in Chapter Thirty-nine in "Great Expectations"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How does Dickens successfully link Magwitch's appearance in Chapter one with his return in Chapter Thirty-nine in 'Great Expectations'? 'Great Expectations' is set in the 1800's, for gentlemen of that time, life was rich and full of beautiful houses and places. Because they didn't have to work they spent their days chatting, going to dinners and just having fun. But for the working class, they had to always be thinking of ways to make money and always working to secure their next meal. This novel was serialised, which meant that the story was published part by part and so, many groups of people would gather together to read the story. They could then tell each other what they thought was going to happen in the next couple of chapters. To make the audience want to read the next couple of chapters, Dickens had to end each chapter with a cliff hanger. The central protagonist in this novel is Pip. In the first chapter we learn that Pip's parents are dead and so he lives with his sister and her husband. ...read more.

Middle

He is in the graveyard looking at his parent's gravestone. This is shown by Pip thinking about what his parents looked like. 'As I never saw my father or mother', this comment shows that Pip is not only physically alone but also spiritually alone as he had never really known his parents. The fact that Pip is alone ties in with the beginning of Chapter Thirty-nine when he is alone also. 'I was alone, and had a dull sense of being alone'. This shows that Pip is still even years after he had become a gentleman and had lived this lavish lifestyle, was still physically and emotionally alone. He needs someone or something to make him feel less lonely. In Chapter One and Chapter Thirty-nine, Pip's world is turned upside down by Magwitch's appearance. In Chapter Thirty-nine Pip's world was literally turned upside down, 'I was the steeple under my feet'. Yet in Chapter Thirty-nine Pip's world is metaphorically turned upside down by Magwitch, when he reveals that he has been Pip's benefactor for all these years. ...read more.

Conclusion

Magwitch has a completely different react ion the first time he meets Pip to the second. The first time he meets Pip in Chapter One, he wants Pip to feel scared and intimidated of him so he says things and gestures at Pip in a frightening manner. For example as he says something to Pip he scares Pip with a, 'threatening shake of his head'. In Chapter Thirty-nine Magwitch is extremely pleased to see Pip again as he has news to tell him. He is courteous to Pip and is not scary and threatening like he was in the churchyard. '"yes", he replied, "I wish to come in, master"', Magwitch says to Pip when he arrives at Pip's door. The return of Magwitch in Chapter Thirty-nine will shock the reader but will also keep the suspense of the story going. The reader will not expect Magwitch to return and will most certainly be wondering how Magwitch is going to bed involved in the story further. Morally Dickens was trying to teach Pip and everyone reading the book that it is only right to help someone who has helped you even if it costs you as much as your livelihood. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. Great Expectations Chapter One analysis

    When Magwitch very heartlessly says "keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat", this implies that Magwitch is threatening to murder Pip, this is an example of the type of language used to create tension by Dickens. Fear is also generated during chapter one by Dickens use of

  2. An exploration of the ways in which issues of class and status are presented ...

    the feminine maternal figures of Clara and Biddy, whose gentle, supportive, caring natures in looking after a father and Mrs. Joe is exalted by Dickens. Their caring nature lends them a grace and elegance far beyond Estella, who although beautiful, by her own admittance has "no heart".

  1. Analysing and explaining Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; Chapter 1.

    Also at this point the music changes and gets more horrific and louder. This creates tension because its signifies that the convict has discovered Pip is hiding in the grave yard very near him and the music increases tension because it signifies the racing of the convicts mind as he

  2. How does Dickens create an effective opening chapter in Great expectations?

    The word "wound" creates the image of distance and the repetition of river creates the feeling of length. Each comma between the descriptions could resemble a new twist or turn to the river. The fact that he is so far away from his home (and society)

  1. How does chapter 8 prepare the reader for the novel to follow?prose coursework: great ...

    He makes Compeyson pay the ultimate price for his past crimes, which the legal system had failed to do. The legal system itself is seen to be brutal, arbitrary, corrupt and open to manipulation by the likes of Jaggers. However, Jaggers has tried to counter the effects of this system by saving one little girl, Estella, from its horrors.

  2. An evaluation of the effectiveness of chapter one of great expectations as the opening ...

    for certain that Phillip Pirrip and also Georgina wife of the above were dead and buried' and that his parents aren't with him, they were six feet under. He was alone and unprotected. Dickens says all of this in a very long sentence, which would build up tension and the impression that Pip was in a very frightening place.

  1. What is the significance of chapter one of 'Great Expectations' in relation to the ...

    All that in Pip's mind should be glamorous and genteel is corrupted and tainted. From a young age, Pip profoundly expressed his views upon his own shortcomings. Dickens made this apparent when Estella remarked 'What course hands he has! And what thick boots!'

  2. How does Dickens create an atmosphere of fear in chapter one and how does ...

    The first piece of dialogue passed is between Magwitch and Pip and straight away catches the readers attention, "Hold your noise" Straight away you could see how a young child would be afraid and scared as it's not often that someone comes up to you and says this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work