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Look again at chapter one and eight where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Look at chapters forty four and fifty six, Pips final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pips relationship with these two characters.

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Look again at chapter one and eight where Pip first meets Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Look at chapters forty four and fifty six, Pips final meeting with Magwitch and Miss Havisham. Compare Pips relationship with these two characters. Great expectations the story of an orphan boy and his adventures is one of Charles Dickens best loved novels, written in 1861. In this essay I am going to analyze and compare different aspects of the novel including the relationship changes between Magwitch and Pip and Havisham and Pip. The first character we are introduced to is Pip, who is also the narrator. The narration shows that it is an older more intelligent Pip telling the story as it is written in past tense and first person, the sentences are quite long and well structured and the language used is very formal as if it is written by a mature adult with experience. At the start of the novel Pip is just an innocent little orphan boy, a kind and friendly child even though he has such a hard life. The first paragraph informs the reader that Pip is an orphan. ...read more.


The use of accents allows the reader to realise what the characters are like and it creates better reading. The language used to describe the first meeting is very effective. Firstly pathetic fallacy is used to create the mood. Words and sentences like Bleak place overgrown with nettles, Dark. Flat, wilderness, and evening create a negative atmosphere and make the reader believe something bad may happen. Bundle of shivers, dead and buried, raw and beginning to cry do a similar thing, making a better impact so the reader feels sad. The graveyard symbolises death and the overgrown deserted environment makes it seem like a lonely place, which also make the reader believe something will happen to Pip. Magwitch is in control throughout the whole scene, 'O? Don't cut throat, sir,' I pleaded in terror.' Pray don't do it, sir. 'Tell us your name!' said the man. 'Quick!' 'Pip, sir.' 'Once more,' said the man, staring at me. 'Give it mouth!' 'Pip. Pip sir.' This shows that Pip is frightened as he always abruptly answers and calls him sir. 'I earnestly expressed my hope that he wouldn't, and held tighter to the tombstone on which he had put me; partly, to keep myself upon it; partly, to keep myself from crying.' ...read more.


Miss Havisham is in control in their first meeting as she is of a higher class than Pip. Like Magwitch when she tells him what to do he does it. Miss Havisham asks Pip to play 'Play, play, play' but he declines saying 'I am very sorry, I can't play just now'. This seems as if Pip is in control and shows he wants to be in control, as he decides what to do and says no, but she soon asks him again and he does it. When pip decides to go home, Miss Havisham orders him to stay until he finishes the game, so he does. 'I think I should like to go home'. You shall go soon,' said Miss Havisham aloud. 'Play the game out'. This also shows Pip is powerless. Estella says many mean things to Pip and Miss Havisham supports what she is saying. When Miss Havisham tells Estella to play cards with Pip, Estella is shocked and says 'With this boy! Why, he is a common labouring-boy!' Miss Havisham then adds 'Well, you can break his heart.' This makes it seem as if Miss Havisham doesn't care about the opposite sex, I think this is because she was jilted at the alter and wants revenge. ...read more.

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