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In this essay I will be comparing 2 chapters from Great Expectations, I will be looking at the contrasts between chapter 1 and chapter 39.

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Great Expectations Essay In this essay I will be comparing 2 chapters from Great Expectations, I will be looking at the contrasts between chapter 1 and chapter 39. I will be focusing on: the setting, how the characters are presented by looking at the change in the Convict and the change in Pip and his reactions, what I have learnt about the 19th century life, the message that Dickens is giving to his readers. In 'Great Expectations', is about a rather unlucky boy: both of his parents are dead and he lives with his sister who isn't the nicest of people. He hasn't got that much money but he lives with a blacksmith who is kind and Pip loves him. During Pip's life he becomes friends with an old lady called Miss Havisham who has a ward who Pip likes and he wants to become a gentleman so he can marry her. Miss Havisham later on fools Pip because Pip believes that his benefactor is Miss Havisham but actually it is the Convict that Pip helps in chapter 1 by getting him some food. Later on in Pips life he moves to London to become a gentleman but soon realizes it is harder than it looks. Charles Dickens wrote this novel as a 'magazine' so people, if they liked the story, had to buy a different chapter every time it was put in shops which made the customers want to read on and it made it easier for ...read more.


It seems also that Pip is a bit upset because he is looking at the gravestones of his family but it doesn't say he is upset, it is just the readers feelings that make him seem to be upset. Even though he is quite poor, he still talks like he has had elocution lessons. This is a little ironic because later on in the novel he becomes a gentleman and has elocution lessons. The Convict in this scene is made to look very rough, cold and wet, he talks with a common voice for example " who d'ye live with", all the convict is doing her just asking where Pip lives because if Pip lived about 5 metres away then someone could see him so the Convict has to be sure that Pip lives quite far enough away. In this chapter Dickens wants to show the reader that the Convict is desperate because if he wasn't desperate then the Convict wouldn't be so harsh on Pip but it turns out that he spins him up side down rather quickly, he even eats the food out of Pip's pocket. In this scene there is a bit of comparism with chapter 1 because the convict calls Pip a "young dog" which is a little bit strange because Pip can eat his food without getting any of it on his face but, like a dog, the Convict gets it all over his face because he is so hungry. ...read more.


So Pip must be careful towards the Convict, but this all changes as later on in chapter 39 Pip feels that he doesn't have to be scared anymore because he could just tell the police and have the Convict thrown in jail. Also in the first scene the Convict is asking for a lot of things but in chapter 39 he only wants a thank you from Pip. I think the Convict is being quite friendly towards Pip even though he was so horrid to Pip in the first chapter. I think that Pip is just as scared as the Convict was in the first chapter because he is very anxious when he wants to know who is on the staircase during the storm, he becomes more scared when the person on the stairs knows Pips name but pip is still aware that he doesn't know the strange voice. I think that the Convict has a bit of an obsession with Pip because Pip helps him and after that the Convict gives him lots of money and he treats him like a son because it says in chapter 39 "arms wide open" which shows the link between father and son hugging. Another reason that I think that the Convict has an obsession because if some one had help you escape jail and you had to leave the country or die you wouldn't like to go back and risk death just to say 'thank you for helping me when I was in the chain on the marshes'. Mark Edwards. ...read more.

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