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How does dickens use setting to reflect characters in great expectation?

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Great expectation by Charles Dickens How does dickens use setting to reflect characters in great expectation? After the battle of Waterloo in 1815, England had developed a time of peace in which the towns and cities became more industrials. Most of the roads and canals were built to connect industrials area. But as time past by, more and more workers felt that their effort were making other people rich instead of themselves, so they formed a union to protect themselves against the nasty and cruel employers. Nevertheless, employers were still hiring employees more and more everyday. Gradually, many private companies became restricted due to the huge number of workers. Hospitals were not available for all and childbirth was thought to be risky. Poverty forced people to crime, despite the harshness of the punishment. In the novel Great Expectation, Charles Dickens evolved the characters as vivid and believable. For example, Pip the hero, is not perfect or always right, like real people he misunderstand things and behave in ways that show him in a bad light. In the first extract we learn that Pip is a seven-year-old boy who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gargery in Kent. Pip was being looked after by his sister Mrs. ...read more.

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At one point in Great Expectations, Pip refers to Magwitch as "my friend". This shows that Pip likes Magwitch, which is very strange as he is an apparently dangerous convict who threatened Pip. But this also shows that Pip has been so isolated he wants to make new friends, even with Magwitch. In chapter eight, Pip was taken to Satis House (Miss Havisham's house) by Uncle Pumblechook. This visit is very important to Mrs. Joe because she believes that she could possibly get some of Miss Havisham's wealth if Pip impresses her. It is also a very important visit for Pip and this was his first experience of the upper class. Dickens' description of Miss Havisham's house is very carefully thought out because it is full of symbolism. On first appearances of the mansion, he writes about the size of the house, which represents the differences between the upper and lower class. Pip had probably never seen a house this big. When Estella takes Pip into the house, Pip sees that everything is very dusty, dark and untouched. This represents the upper class as being "stuffy" and lazy. Dickens emphasises the significance of the sense of time having frozen within Sati House, using repetition of the clocks 'having stopped at twenty minutes to nine', to intensify the gloomy and lifeless atmosphere. ...read more.

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Her adopted daughter, Estella who she gets to break Pip's heart, carries out her revenge. She encourages Estella to make men's life a misery. The emptiness of Miss Havisham's house symbolists the emptiness of the character Estella, a cold blooded person. Dickens chose to dwell on details that create a more revolting image based on the extract "I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it. I think Dickens chose to describe about spiders as many people find them scary and this also create a more disgusting picture. Dickens uses simile to create the festering atmosphere. Later on in the novel, Miss Havisham describes how the deteriorating of her states of mind and the decaying condition of Satis House 'have worn away together'. Dickens means the damage of the house symbolises the heartbreak that Miss Havisham has suffered. Dickens uses repetition of the theme 'yellow and withered' to emphasise the decaying and deteriorating state of Miss Havisham's possessions around her. Charles Dickens' life and his experiences are expressed in the perspective of Pip and his surrounding. Dickens' early childhood was spent in Portsmouth and them Chalham that was near the Thames marshes in which this novel is set. Dickens' "abandonment" reflects the experiences Pip was put through. While worked in Warren's blacking warehouse near the themes, he was humiliated, and an experience he could never forget. Jerry Nguyen Great Expectation 1 ...read more.

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