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How successful are the opening chapters of "Great Expectation"? "Great Expectation" is a book by Charles Dickens written in weekly instalments between December 1860 and August 1861. Charles Dickens has also written many other famous books such as "Oliver Twist", "The christmas carols", and "David Copperfield". When I read the opening chapters to a book, I like to read one with a bit of mystery in it, keeping it realistic but still having a strange and odd feel about it too. It must be able to give a mental image of the characters. A bit of dialogue should also be used as a lot of description can be very boring. To create a bit of action it should end with a cliff hanger. In "Great Expectations", Charles Dickens began by introducing the main character Pip. Pip's family is described and then another character is introduced. He is described with a lot of descriptive language which helps to create a mental image of the person. ...read more.

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Pip then goes home in which he introduces Mrs Joe Gargery, his sister. Mrs Joe is introduced as harsh woman who bought Pip up by hand. "She pounced on him and taking him by his two whiskers he knocked for a little." This also shows she was mean and powerful. Mr Joe is Mrs Joe's husband, a blacksmith. He is an easy-to-get-along-with character. He can be easily bullied, (as we can see from the way he is made to drink tar-water by Mrs Joe) and is very nice to Pip. The story "Great Expectations" was set in the same place Charles Dickens had grown up in. The opening chapter was set in the graveyard which was a flat, wet, marshy land, which the sea can be seen from. Not much descriptive language was used to describe the graveyard. In the first few paragraph, when Charles Dickens had introduced the main character he used a lot of emotive language to make you feel sorry for Pip. ...read more.

Conclusion

A lot of 'ands' are used, along with long and short sentences for tension. In chapter four we meet a number of other characters. Dickens uses name to tell us about the character. For example, Mr Pumblechook makes us think of a jolly, fat man who eats a lot and talks too much/ Overall Dickens style of writing is very interesting as he uses many different techniques to create many different effects. In the first few chapters of the novel Pip is met by a mystery man in the graveyard, in which his parents and hi brothers are buried. The man threatens Pip but then uses Pip instead. Pip helps the man. After he gives the food he returns home to attend a Christmas lunch. At Christmas lunch we meet a few characters who then introduce Pip to Miss Havisham. We then meet Miss Havisham. Finally I will like to say that as I enjoyed reading the opening chapters of "Great Expectations", I think that the opening chapters are successful in being good opening chapters. ...read more.

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