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English and Literature Assignment: Pre- 1914 Prose Study Great Expectations was written in 1861 by Charles Dickens. This was when the beginning of the Victorian era started. It was a time when great social changes were sweeping the nation like "The Industrial Revolution". Also, it was the time of criminal class; people were pre-determined to commit crime. They were sent to Australia even if they made the smallest of thefts. This is important as it is highly related to the state of poverty Dickens encountered in his rise to fame, dealing with relocation from his rural surroundings to the city; reflecting the theme of changes in the novel. In the beginning, Dickens builds up a tense atmosphere even before Magwitch appears by talking about death as he places Pip in the marshes at the graveyard. As the character of Pip, he talks about how his mother and father departed their life on Earth, and how they may have looked if they were still alive by looking at the shape and font printed on their grave/tombstones. By this, Dickens also describes the weather and atmosphere with the reoccurring imagery of death. It includes nature showing emotions turmoiling foreseeing the ghostly event in store. However, in this novel Pip is a retrospective narrator, meaning the novel is potentially biased as we, the reader, only experience his feelings and thoughts. When Magwitch first appears, he exclaims, "Hold your noise!" This to Pip seems frightening and aggressive, as even before he came into sight; Pip had already been scared and "beginning to cry". ...read more.


Nevertheless, after, he asks: "As ask you how you have done well, since you and me was out on them love shivering marshes?" recalling their first ever meeting that they had on the marshes. To the reader, this signals something familiar about this unexpected character; as a result, we finally figure out that it is the long forgotten convict, Magwitch. However, Pip is oblivious to the same fact for the reason that he still portrays Magwitch as an unwelcomed visitor. By this stage, Magwitch has transformed tremendously too. He came "substantially dressed". Showing that he has made a living for himself; nonetheless, yet, as before, he was fully clad, but was still "roughly" dressed. Implying that he has not gained a full gentleman expos�, alternatively has achieved great fortune as he does not dress in homeless wanderer's garments any longer. Comparatively Magwitch has great respect for Pip, for example in the beginning of his arrival he requests, "I wish to come in master"; he represents Pip in a royalty manner and longs to gather how well Pip has been doing. Instead, Pip welcomes Magwitch as "civilly" and "inhospitably" as he could since he resents achieving a "gratified recognition". Nevertheless, Magwitch, considering Pip as his son, overlooks his uncouthness and holds "out both his hands" to him. To which Pip tenaciously recoils with disgust and fright. Later on, Magwitch attempts to hold him once more, and again Pip rejects him by laying a hand upon him and heaves him away. Gathering all of these occurrences, we can distinguish how both have altered their personas in different ways throughout their departed time. ...read more.


She lived and found powerful friends. She is living now. She is a lady and very beautiful. And I love her!" Hearing this, Magwitch realises his daughter is alive and his beloved Pip is in love with her, assuring a good life ahead for both; with a last pressure on Pip's hand, Magwitch dies a good and very content man. Mindfully then, Pip under Magwitch's debt, knew there were no better words that he could say beside his bed than, "O Lord, be merciful to him a sinner!" Showing that ultimately, only God can judge and only God can forgive. To conclude I personally have seen an extraordinary change in Magwitch as a character, from being a malicious convict who only demanded things from other people, he transformed to be so soft at heart. No one would have thought Magwitch would churn out to be so conscious about other people, especially Pip, because in the beginning, we see that he's not concerned about Pip's life at all. So, in my opinion, I think Magwitch developed into a very compassionate and caring character, who only wishes Pip to live a happy life with Estella. Also, throughout the novel, there has been a great deal of changes in Pip's view of Magwitch. At the start of the novel, he considers him as a frightful man, then as Magwitch's death approaches, he reminisces on how much Magwitch gave up in return for a small phase of kindness he showed to him. In the end Pip realizes that Magwitch was a more devoted friend to him than he ever was to Magwitch and with this realization Pip becomes, finally, a whole and decent human being. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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