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How Effective is the opening of the novel Great Expectations.

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How effective is the opening of the novel Great Expectations? This chapter is set among desolate marshes in a ruined graveyard. The weather plays an important part in the opening chapter. Dickens describes the weather as "raw", and "bleak". This creates a sympathetic but chilling mood. This is ironic as the setting is ominous for a story entitled "Great Expectations". In the first extract we are told that Pip is from a poor background and also that he has never known what his parents looked like or knew them as people. "My first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. ...read more.


In the novel Great expectations Pip has narrative authority, which helps us to feel Pips pain and happiness. Dickens develops empathy for Pip in the first few pages dickens states how Pip lives with his sister also by the way Magwitch scares Pip. Suddenly a frightful convict man (Magwitch) appears from behind the graves as if like a zombie. "...a fearful man all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg... A man... A man..." This repetition of "A man" allows the reader to see that although Magwitch is scary, and intimidating he is still only just a man. He grabs a hold of Pip and shouts "Hold your noise... ...read more.


I wish I was a frog. Or a eel!" This shows that Magwitch would rather be anything but a man at that moment because it was such a cold, muddy and wet day which is a suitable habitat for frogs and eels. It also shows the reader a different side to Magwitch. He is not as scary and intimidating as he seemed at first, he is more humorous and like Pip; vulnerable. Overall, this first chapter of "Great Expectations" is very effective as an opening of a novel because introduces the main characters, Pip and Magwitch first. This allows the reader to identify that these characters play an important part in the novel and encourages the reader to find out how the relationship between these two characters will grow throughout the novel, by reading on. By Konica Jamal ...read more.

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