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In my essay I am going to look at how Charles Dickens presents his characters in Great Expectations, and what devices he uses to make the characters interesting.

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Coursework Great Expectations 14th July 03 In my essay I am going to look at how Charles Dickens presents his characters in Great Expectations, and what devices he uses to make the characters interesting. In my response I will look at several things that Dickens uses to make his characters more interesting. For example, the social class system, the setting and the mood created by the setting, how the characters speak and how these affect your view on the characters who come up in the play. I have chosen to focus on four characters who appear often in the play. I have also chosen them because of their different relationships with Pip and how he views them. These characters are: Pip, Estella, Wemmick and Miss Havisham. Pip Charles Dickens writes Great Expectations with Pip being in the first person. ...read more.

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Estella Charles Dickens chooses to present Estella, in chapter eight, when Pip first meets her. Pip sees Estella as "Very pretty, Very insulting and Very proud". Dickens makes her interesting to the reader as he reveals very little to the reader about her background and the reader is forced to guess where she came from. This makes the twist at the end of the book, when we find out who Estella's real parents are, very interesting. When Estella talks to Pip in chapter eight she speaks in imperatives seeing herself as more powerful than Pip. Dickens here again refers to the social class system of that day. "What do you play, boy?" "With this boy." These are both examples of imperatives and are evidence to show Estella thinks she is more powerful than Pip. Miss Havisham Miss Havisham is a very strange character. ...read more.

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Wemmick Pip has a strange relationship with Wemmick. Wemmick is a strange character that likes to keep his personal life out of his working life. The time we get to go into Wemmick's personal life the most is chapter twenty-five. Wemmick turns out to lead a very strange life. He lives with his father in his own house that he built himself. He talks about his house very proudly which shows he is pleased with it. Dickens makes Wemmick's relationship with Pip very strange. Pip seems to enjoy Wemmick's company. Wemmick seems to trust Pip as he is the only person he has ever taken into his home that is linked with his working life. I think Dickens try's to make Wemmick appear like a father figure towards Pip. Wemmick also shows Pip his father the Aged as dickens refers to him as. I think Wemmick showing Pip his father is Dickens way of making the point of how Wemmick try's to be a father figure towards Pip more obvious. ...read more.

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