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In the first chapter of the novel Great Expectations, Dickens prepares the ground for the way the story will develop. I will show how he does this through his piece of coursework.

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Great Expectations In the first chapter of the novel Great Expectations, Dickens prepares the ground for the way the story will develop. I will show how he does this through his piece of coursework. Charles Dickens was well known for characterisation, this is where you create a character that is easily remembered. Dickens had to do this as he was a serial novelist (this is where you write a novel in stages) so his characters had to be instantly recognised after weeks or even months. Dickens learnt much from the popular theatre of the day of how to create recognisably characters. In Great Expectations, Dickens, has made many characters easily recognisable be there verbal mannerisms, like Joes's 'what larks', 'ever the best of friends' and Drummels sneering 'oh lord'!s. Dickens also used personality traits in making his characters recognisable, such as Jaggers biting his thumb and compulsive hand washing. There are two characters in chapter one who is relevant. The characters are Pip and Magwitch both of these characters prepare the ground for the way the story will develop. ...read more.

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return into Pips life, although at this time the reader doesn't know nothing about it, and it is not blazingly obvious until you have read and studied the whole of the novel exactly what is going on at this stage in the story. Now this leaves two possible meanings either (a) Pip the adult narrator is trying to be sympathetic to his ex benefactor and someone who he built a close personal attachment to before he died, or option (b) that Dickens just planned out the story without realism that he was creating links between the two characters. Option (a) in my opinion is almost certainly the correct choice, because Dickens at this stage has written several novels and knows what he is doing and was simply just to clever to let something like this just happen. Hints are left in the plot for the reader to decipher these eventually result in a cliff-hangers, this was necessary in Great Expectations because the novel was published in sections, so to get the reader to by the next instalment the writer who is Dickens simply puts in a multiple option ending. ...read more.

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The cleverest thing about Dickens use of language is he doesn't actually do it, it is the reader who takes the words and turns them into a story, another way of putting it is that a book can be transcribed into a hundred different languages but if it is read by a million different people it will do a million different things the author can only drop hints as to what your brain is supposed to make of the story. What I am trying to say is that all an author can do is try to guide a person through a book but the book will take on different meanings to different people. Dickens first play with language is the self naming of 'Pip' this is important because it instigates the whole theme of identity in the novel. The next thing Dickens does is to entertain the reader with Pips amusing reading of his family graves. Then this introduction into young Pips growing awareness of 'the identity of things' is violently interrupted by the sound of a 'terrible voice' that demands 'wittles' and a file and threatens that if not awful things will happen. ...read more.

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