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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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Name: Musangu Muchunga Form:10ck Coursework First Draft Question 1: 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? Extract two talks about Pip, an under privileged boy, who is referred to as a common labouring boy. He enters a large house, with large rooms, well-lighted wax candles, and all the jewels. This seems to leave Pip in awe because he comes from a lower class were such expensive material things are not at all common. When Pip meets Miss Havisham, right away the difference in class can be noticed. ...read more.

Middle

Estella feels because she is of higher social status she does not need to play cards with Pip. She refers to him as a common labouring boy, the readers would sympathise with Pip, because the writer makes him seem inadequate. When asked what he plays, Pip answers; "nothing but beggar Miss" because he comes from a poor background such games are not common to Pip. Estella does not show any appreciation of Pips presence by verbally describing Pips hands as being coarse and thick boots. Pip was subdued as a result of being told that he has coarse hands, Pip further states that Estella's contemplation for him was so strong, he started to feel unwelcome in their household. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this point the reader feels that Estella is a cold and ruthless person, were as Pip is a more caring person who feels compassion for other people and Estella does not. The writer makes it very obvious that Pip was at the mercy of Mrs Havisham and Estella, because of their difference in social status. They made Pip feel insignificant, to the point were they brought him down to tear. They started to make him feel unwelcome, they made him feel as if he was not good enough to eat at the same table as them. They made him feel inferior, Estella could not look at him when giving him his food, and when offered the food Pip was not to eat at the table, he was forced to eat somewhere else were they did not have to see him. 1 ...read more.

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