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How Does Dickens use settings to reflect characters in Great Expectations

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How Does Dickens use settings to reflect characters in Great Expectations? The novel Great Expectations was written in 1860-70 by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens was born in February 7, 1812 on a Friday. His father, John Dickens, was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. In 1814 Charles Dicken's father was transferred to Somerset House in London. In 1817 John and his family moved to Chatham because John had got a job in the naval dockyard. This area near the Thames Marshes is suggested to be where Charles Dickens's got his inspiration for the beginning of Great Expectations. In 1924 Charles Dickens father, John Dickens was sent to Marshalsea prison because of financial difficulties. While his father was in prison Charles Dickens had to work at Warren's blacking warehouse to support the family. This is suggested to be one of Charles Dickens's most humiliating experiences and showed him how the distinctions between rich and poor social class play an important role in his society. I believe because of this experience when Dickens creates the character Magwitch he incorporates his father's time in jail into Magwitch. I feel Dickens makes this reference to his life through Magwitch to make the novel autobiographical not only to himself but to the older higher classed Pip. During the time when Great Expectation was being written the industrial revolution was also taking place. The industrial revolution is suggested to be the one of the inspirations for the Character Pip as he is also going through his own revolution from a poor lower class boy to a rich high class gentleman. I also think Charles Dickens life is revealed through Pip as they both have things in common such as both coming from poor families but as they grow older both rise in social status. This shows that the novel in some ways is autobiographical. In 1856 Charles Dickens bought Gad's Hill. ...read more.

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Moreover the word "bundle" emphasises how small Pip is which may increase the readers sorrow for Pip even more. This atmosphere created by Dickens gives a good entrance for the character Magwitch. Magwitch is mirrored through the landscape and the words Dickens uses so that he is not only created through words but from the settings. The words and settings that are used to emphasise Magwitch are mainly employed to dehumanise Magwitch so that he seems more like a monster then a man. Magwitch is first introduced at the graveyard, where he scares Pip not only with his words but with his image. This is shown before Magwitch is even introduced into the play by the narrator. The narrator refers to a wind rushing from a "savage lair". I think this wind from the savage lair is Magwitch and how he is being blown ever closer to Pip. I also think that the word "savage" could be referring to the prison Magwitch was in. As it shows the fact that a prison is a place for savages. This idea increases the reader's view of Magwitch making him more of a beast then a man. The assumption that Magwicth is a beast is also supported by the fact that Dickens followed "savage" with the word "lair" the word lair is mainly used to describe an animal's home which enhances the idea of Magwitch being an animal. I think Dickens does this to dehumanise Magwitch further and also to create an image in the readers mind just before Magwitch is introduced into the extract. Magwitch is an escaped convict which makes his options "bleak" that's why I think he ends up at the graveyard because if your options are "bleak" you usually only have the worst choices to choose from. The word "overgrown" suggests how Magwitch is out of control which makes him more like a wild monster. ...read more.

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While they are playing Estella insults Pip many times saying that his hands are course and his boots are to thick. I think Pip is like a test run for Estella. As if Miss Havisham is testing Estella to see if she can hurt Pip. For my conclusion I believe that there are many different ways of interpreting the settings and quotes for "Great Expectations". I think Charles Dickens uses the settings and atmosphere he creates to reflect the characters in Great Expectations. These settings show the past present or future of these characters giving a description of the character that could not be given in another way. They also show the emotions that the character maybe feeling. All these things that are shown through many of the characters situations such as in extract one when Pip's surroundings are described as a "dark flat wilderness". The word "dark" representing Pip's past and how it is dark cloudy and mysterious, the word "flat" showing Pip's present and how it is straightforward never change and "wilderness expressing Pip's future. Wilderness representing Magwitch and how Magwitch is going to change Pip's future from flat and straight forward to a wild wilderness where things are always changing who is Pip's future . This is also shown in extract two through the quote "large room well lighted with wax candles", this quote indicates a connection between Miss Havisham and the "wax candles", as it represents her rage and anger. I believe that the novel "Great Expectations" was so popular because even though the novel was written 1860-70 it still has relevance to these times. The book is about social class and rich and poor which even in these times play a very vital role on peoples jobs and futures. The novel itself has a great story as it shows that even if you are poor it is still possible to move up in social status. The novel also portrays characters like no other novel as it reflects them through settings. . ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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