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In the extract where Pip, a boy from a very humble background meets Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady, Dickens wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards Pip. How does he make us feel this way?

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Prose Coursework Great Expectations By Charles Dickens In the extract where Pip, a boy from a very humble background meets Miss Havisham, a rich but eccentric lady, Dickens wants the reader to feel sympathetic towards Pip. How does he make us feel this way? Charles Dickens as a child had experienced a lot of poverty and had lived in a time where social class and financial status affected an individual's life in the sense that the way you were treated depended on your class and status. There was an easily distinguishable difference between the rich and poor in almost every aspect in life. Dickens experiences are greatly reflected in Great Expectations which is set in Early Victorian England. Throughout extract two (Ms. Havisham) Dickens has used the fundamental skills of writing to create sympathy for Pip. Each skill is as important as the other in creating sympathy for Pip because they all play a part in generating this emotion of sympathy. This story is written in the voice of a first person and this is extremely vital because Pip is the narrator and protagonist. This increases the Sympathy we have towards Pip because we are seeing it from his point of view as opposed to a third person's point of view, which would be more balanced. Therefore, we do not get to see anyone else's views beside Pip's so our emotions are automatically in his favour. ...read more.


Miss Havisham's response gives us evidence of how she wants to make Pip feel; she wants to hurt him emotionally. "You can break his heart" To make it worse for Pip, it seems as though the only reason she agrees to play with him is because she has the ability to hurt and humiliate him. Estella also refers to Pip as 'boy' showing that she looks down on him with disdain and gives him no respect. "What do you play boy?" "Nothing but beggar my neighbour, miss" Albeit she disrespects him he continues to be respectful by referring to her as 'miss'. The fact that he doesn't know any other games, reflects that he has a very restricted childhood and doesn't play as often as we would expect a child to. The setting is continuously being described which readily mirrors sadness and lifelessness. "corpse-like", "grave-clothes" Estella is incessantly adding to his distress by using her power to make him feel contempt and extremely inferior. She deliberately criticises his lower-class language, features and footwear, just to intensify his emotions. "He calls the knaves, Jacks, this boy!" "And what coarse hands he has. And what thick boots!" She has the ability to arouse inexperienced emotions within him, emotions that he has never come across ever before. "Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious and I caught it." ...read more.


When Estella returns with some food, she puts it down in such a manner that a dog would be treated with. This shows how disgraceful she thinks Pip is and form sympathy within the reader because we know that Pip shouldn't be treated in such a way and that he deserves more respect than he receives. His emotions overtook him and tears started to fall but this signalled to Estella that she had succeeded and this gave Pip the strength to hold back his tears, but in return she just gave him a 'contemptuous toss' to show the endless disgust and contempt she has for him. As soon as she left his emotions just started to uncontrollably flow. In this scene his tears were what initially formed sympathy within the reader but as the scene progressed the fact that he tried to fight his emotions from flowing out in front of Estella, comprehensively intensifies our empathy for Pip. Her behaviour has left Pip emotionally scarred. His feelings for her only comprised of anger, frustration and hatred. "So bitter were my feeling, and so sharp was the smart without a name, that needed counteraction" Pip's strong and genuine feelings in this concluding line leave a lasting sense of commiseration in favour of Pip. Dickens has successfully used his unique skills and techniques of writing, which contained effective vocabulary, an eccentric setting, a crucial voice, realistic characters and dialogue, a powerful beginning and poignant ending to create sympathy for Pip. ?? ?? ?? ?? Batool Rafay 10Ck ...read more.

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