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In What Ways Does Dickens Create Vivid Images of Character And Place in The Opening Chapter To Great Expectations?

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In What Ways Does Dickens Create Vivid Images of Character And Place in The Opening Chapter To Great Expectations? The opening chapter to Great Expectations introduces Pip who is the main protagonist in the story. He is an orphan and lives with his sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband who is a blacksmith. The story is set in the graveyard in the time of the Industrial Revolution. In the opening chapter we also see Pip being introduced to a convict who is very poor but very rude to the child. The convict threatens Pip and warns him that if he does not get any food for him, he will be in serious trouble. In the opening chapter we see Charles Dickens (the author) use a range of different language techniques that builds the readers minds about the character and the setting of the story. He uses metaphors and describing words as well as the 1st person view from Pip. The first paragraph tells the readers that the main protagonist tells the story. Pip talks about his images of the family and his views when he sees them in their tombstones. ...read more.

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'A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg'. ' A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints.' These quotes show clearly to the readers that Dickens makes the convict well suited to being cruel and spiteful to Pip and also shows that the convict is poor. Throughout the first chapter we have noticed how nature has been against Pip and how he is fighting against society in order to become a gentleman. During the opening chapter we see how Pip's character is put across with the convict through the language that Dickens uses. At the start we see how Dickens shows Pip pleading to the convict through the short sentences, which indicates the pace of the story and the tension. 'Oh don't cut my throat sir' and 'Pray don't do it sir.' Readers are aware that Dickens has successfully made Pip plead to the convict not to be verbal to him Dickens also creates clear images of the convict's character as well. ...read more.

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This relates to the readers because they can begin to feel sorry for him now that they know that Pip is an orphan. Another example of how Dickens has been successful is the convict's appearance to the main character. The reason why this is successful is because the language that the convict uses makes the audience aware that he is violent as well as an aggressive man. The adjectives that Dickens uses on the convict also makes the readers believe that the character is well suited to being horrible. In the opening chapter Dickens has used a variety of different language devices in order to make this compelling novel. One good example is the use of the extended metaphor in the second paragraph which relates to us feeling sorry for Pip. Colour is another factor to how it is a compelling novel because it is referring to the setting as well as the convict. The exaggeration speech and repetition that the convict uses on pip to show control is also showing the different types of language that has been used. The examples of the different types of language being used has clearly shown that Dickens has made the story enthralling. Shamir Ahmed ...read more.

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