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Relationship between Pip and Magwitch in great Expectaions

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An exploration of the relationship between Pip and Magwitch in Great Expectations Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. Dickens was sent to school at the age of seven, this proved fairly pointless as Dickens' father, John Dickens, soon fell into debt and was put into prison, the rest of the Dickens family, due to finances were forced to join their father in prison, although Charles was made to work . So at the age of 12 Dickens was forced to work in a blacking factory. It was here that Dickens experienced loneliness for the first time in his life; working in the factory and living without his family proved influential in his career as Dickens became a very self-reliant and dedicated worker, Dickens carried this way of working into his writing career. After 6 months at the Blacking factory, Dickens was able to go back to school. He grew up to become a journalist, this is where he met his future wife Catherine Hogarth. Dickens took his skills as a highly acclaimed journalist and became a novelist, publishing his first novel 'The Pickwick Papers' which were released in monthly instalments from March 1836 to November 1837. ...read more.


This makes Pip, as a character very vulnerable and afraid. This links to the beginning of the book where Pip is described as 'that small bundle of shivers, growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry was Pip.' Whilst feeling very small and insignificant, Pip is attacked by Magwitch, and as you are reading the novel through the eyes of Pip, it affects you as a reader too. Dickens as a writer had to define his scenery in such great lengths as the reader had no photographic memory to draw a picture in their minds. In the Victorian era, cameras weren't around so the reader had only the words to base their imagery on. Dickens writes the story through the eyes of the child Pip, this is achieved by using a variety of simple and na�ve language when he is speaking, or thinking. Dickens uses very short sentences when talking through Pip, his vocabulary is limited, and his emotions are very straight forward and child like. Although as the character of Pip grows up, so does his choice of words this is shown in the first paragraph 'A man who had been soaked in water, ...read more.


I think that Dickens wanted to highlight a lot of in Great Expectations, child cruelty. Dickens cleverly uses the phrase 'brought up by hand' to describe Pip's upbringing by Mrs Joe Gargery. Dickens himself would of experienced cases of cruelty first hand working in the blacking factory as a child, the factory owners would have little regard for the workers which could be why Dickens emphasizes the point of cruelty in the portrayal of Mrs Gargery. Dickens looked to show the fact that you can grow up to be want you want to be as the main character, Pip, comes from a very working-class background, living in poverty and despite this Pip follows his dreams and grows up to be a gentleman, even if his funding did come from an escaped convict. I feel Dickens also tried to show the mockery that is the judicial system, in the final scenes, the innocent Magwitch is sentenced to death, for coming back to England to witness what he had done to the character of Pip. This leaves the reader to decide themselves weather they think of the final death sentence given to Magwitch is unfair or not. I feel that due to Dickens clever writing techniques he manages to portray his points very effectively. Charlie Medlin 10MR ...read more.

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