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Prose Study Assignment - Great Expectations

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Prose Study Assignment - Great Expectations As part of my GCSE coursework I have been asked to analyse the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens and show how Dickens creates sympathy towards the young character Pip in the extract. Dickens starts the extract by revealing the gloomy and oppressive atmosphere in the residence of Miss Havisham. When Pip arrives at the house of Miss Havisham there is an atmosphere of gloominess which creates sympathy for Pip. 'No glimpse of daylight was to be seen in it'. Pip feels very insecure because he is a young boy in a strange and unfamiliar environment. He is moreover now in the presence of upper class. This also creates sympathy because Pip is from the lower classes and must face the difficulties to unfold with Estella and Miss Havisham. ...read more.

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Another situation where Pip is frightened by Miss Havisham is when she tells Pip to 'Call Estella', she is telling him to take a direct order in a stern way. She only treats him like this because he is a boy. She wants to have her revenge on men because of the previous mishap on her wedding day. When Estella and Pip are playing cards, Pip is addressed by Estella in a rude manner by the term 'a common labouring boy'; this places the readers in a position where they are likely to feel sympathy towards Pip. Estella continues this array of insults which serves to diminish Pip's self esteem. Pip as narrator comments "I felt myself so unequal to the performance that I stood looking at Mrs Havisham in what I suppose she took for a dogged manner". ...read more.

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This causes the reader to feel sorry for Pip because Estella is being so offensive that Pip even starts to think badly of himself. This also adds to the sympathy felt for Pip by Dickens. Pip's bitter and humiliated feelings at the end of the extract inspire us to feel sympathetic towards him; "I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry and sorry: the tears started to roll down my eyes; I looked about for a place to hide in" In conclusion I believe Dickens creates sympathy using dialogue, imagery and his narrative choice. These key features are pieced together nicely to create sympathy for Pip. Dickens wrote to reveal how the lower class felt and why there was a social struggle in the 19th century. I have learnt from what I have read there was a big difference between being rich and poor then. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE English Coursework Great Expectations Paulo Ross B12 ...read more.

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