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In Chapter 8 where Pip, a Boy from a Humble Background Meets

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In Chapter 8 where Pip, a Boy from a Humble Background Meets Miss Havisham, a Rich but Eccentric Young Lady, Dickens Wants the Reader to Feel Sympathetic Towards Pip. How Does He Make US Feel This Way? (Draft 1) The Narrator of Charles Dickens' famous novel 'Great Expectations' is Philip Pirrip however in the novel he is always called Pip. Pip is a boy from a typical working class background with an already tragic background featuring the death of his family and strict upbringing. The readers see the character be wrenched from his comfortable humble home and taken to the strange mysterious Satis House from his point of view. Dickens uses the technique of making Pip the narrator of the story to make the readers sympathise with the characters as they feel his emotions of fear, humiliation and confusion as they read his account of his visit to the rich, eccentric Miss Havisham. Dickens immediately makes the reader sympathise with Pip in the opening chapter of the book. Pip is an orphan, with both his parents and all but one sibling dead. He has been "raised by hand" by his only sister who complains about having to look after him constantly and has a very short temper. He also appears to be a very unlucky child as he accounts of his meeting with the convict Magwitch who threatens Pip with being gruesomely murdered by a more fearsome acquaintance if he does not steal a file and food for him. ...read more.

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The readers emphasise with Pip, seeing the scene through his eyes. Estella walks away with the only light source, a candle, leaving Pip to knock on the door by himself in the dark "This was very uncomfortable, and I was half afraid". This develops a feeling of dread of what is to come. Dickens leaves the readers in as much suspense as Pip as they only are only told what Pip knows, causing them to empathise with his situation. As Pip enters the room it is almost as if he enters a place where nothing is complete and time has stopped. To Pip, Miss Havisham seems like "the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see" Dickens uses lots of negative imagery like "ghastly waxwork" and "withered" to describe Miss Havisham, making it obvious Pip had been thrust into a frightful place where he had no control. Pip is scared of Miss Havisham "Now waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me. I should have cried out, if I could. The obvious fear Pip feels as he narrates the story and the description of both the room and Miss Havisham allow the reader to see how unlucky Pip is and makes the sympathise with him. Miss Havisham is very impatient with Pip "with an impatient movement of the fingers of her right hand "play, play, play!" ...read more.

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Readers emphasise with him as they are made to remember how young and vulnerable Pip is by his childlike waking nightmare. Pip is fed by Estella like a dog "gave me the bread and meat without looking at me, as insolently as if I were a dog in disgrace" This lowers his self-confidence even more than it already was. The readers are made to feel indignant and angry at how Pip is being victimised merely because he is a common labouring boy. They see the situation all through his eyes so sympathise with him. Pip is humiliated further as Estella takes joy in the fact she can tell he has been crying "You have been crying till you are half blind, and you are near to crying again" Estella then cruelly laughs and pushes him out of the gate. Readers pity him because he is infatuated with Estella and is left alone to think about the cruel remarks made about him with no-one to comfort him. Dickens uses Pip as the narrator of 'Great Expectations' so the readers see things through his eyes causing them to sympathise with his saddening situation. Pip is only a young boy and he has already gone through a lot of grief in his life being an orphan being raised by hand by his strict sister. The pressure to impress Miss Havisham, cruel remarks and humiliation make the reader sympathise even more with Pip's visit to such a scary house. ?? ?? ?? ?? Claire Lancaster Great Expectations ...read more.

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