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Parallelism's Role In Great Expectations

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Trevor Dixon Dixon 1 Mr. Jessee English 9 7 November 2003 Parallelism's Role In Great Expectations Parallelism in Great Expectations is used by Charles Dickens to develop an overall theme of good and evil in the story and to create a kind of suspense about the outcomes of the characters and their parallel lives. Pip encounters many people in his rise in status and his past endeavors. These well-crafted characters are all linked together through parallelism as the novel progresses. The good choices and the wrong choices are made by the separate individuals but are somehow all linked to create a theme to the story. Conclusions are made from the character's decisions and the outcomes are made clear. The role of parallelism in Great Expectation is great in constructing a well-produced theme and role of all the characters. Parallelism in the novel creates comparisons and contrasts to allow for the reader to develop a fine tuned sense of each character. As the novel progresses, each character begins to develop around Pip's judgements of their lifestyles. These views of the individual characters bring about suspicions about how the character will end up and where their particular lives will lead. During Pip's adulthood, he learns more and more about the characters impacting his life. As a child Pip believes Miss Havisham to be a wicked woman who prides herself in insulting him and encouraging Estella's cruelties. ...read more.


Joe are portrayed as bad. Links are made in the novel to show how these characters will evolve to relate and how the struggle will progress throughout the plot. Parallelism allows for foreshadowing in the text and the development of characters to indicate where the plot will lead. "I tell you it was your doing - I tell you it was done through you," he retorted, catching up the gun, and making a blow with the stock at the vacant air between us. 'I come upon her from behind, as I come upon you to-night. I giv' it her! I left her for dead, and if there had been a limekiln as nigh her as there is now nigh you, she shouldn't have come to life again. But it warn't Old Orlick as did it; it was you. You was favoured, and he was bullied and beat. Old Orlick bullied and beat, eh? Now you pays for it. You done it; now you pays for it." He drank again, and became more ferocious. (353) Orlick's desire to get pure revenge on Pip at all cost allows for the reader to guess what his outcome might be. Charles Dickens uses parallelism between two people also to show how similar acts and situations can turn out differently to be good natured or evil. Orlick and Compeyson are similar characters in that they do evil with no thought or compassion whatsoever. ...read more.


As the conclusions are made in the novel, Pip's feelings dramatically change. "I will never stir from your side," said I, "when I am suffered to be near you. Please God, I will be as true to you, as you have been to me!" (369) Pip becomes caring towards his true benefactor in the worst of situations and shows his true compassion towards him. Parallel to his situation with Magwitch before in the narrative, Miss Havisham becomes more compassionate towards Pip when she pleas forgiveness from how she had treated him in the past. As Pip learns valuable lessons, ha changes and the overall conclusion of he story begins. The parallel links between each character bring about this change in Pip and where his actions lead him. Parallelism is used in a multitude of ways by Charles Dickens to determine the outcome of the novel and determine the characters. In the end the characters are portrayed thoroughly and are linked together in this outcome. When the characters are fully understood, Dickens stimulates the mind with the theme of good and evil that determines the outcomes of the parallel individuals. When the plot is sculpted the characters are then linked in the novel to one another to create a conclusion to the story. Parallelism plays a key role in the novel and is the super-glue used by Charles Dickens to construct Great Expectations and to bond all of its many parts together. ...read more.

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