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The early chapters of the book are the basis of the books characters, plot and theme; these are very influential in Great Expectations and have great impact on the overall plot of the novel. They introduce all the characters who will play

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Great Expectations Assignment With close reference to the early chapters of the Novel (1-9) discuss the ways in which Dickens introduces the plot, theme and characterisation in order to develop them further at a later stage you may wish to consider: * The use of images emblems (e.g. prison, the marshes) * The use of speech in establishing character * The use of a Childs perspective on events (pip) * The foreshadowing of future events Great Expectations is regarded by many as one of Dickens's finest achievements. His novels became increasingly sombre, with his social criticism and historical issues cleverly exposed in his writings. Dickens's novels were known for rasing important issues which were ignored by the government. Dickens wrote for a weekly publication which was very important as he had to keep the readers engaged or he ran the risk of being dropped by the magazine, this meant dire consequences for the sales as people would buy the magazine for the next chapter of Dickens's novel. In Great Expectations his opening chapters were crucial for engaging the reader's intent and attention. In the first eight chapters of Great Expectations powerful plots, compelling characters and atmospheric settings would ensure readership loyalty. ...read more.

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Pumbelchook also takes credit for Pips future fortunes as the identity of the real benefactor is kept secret so it was assumed that Miss Havisham is Pips benefactor when he was sent to London. In chapter 8 Pip visits Miss havisham's home for the first time. There he meets and falls in love with Estella, Pip returns to Miss Havisham's house to walk her around the decayed banquet table every other day for nearly 10 months. At the end of chapter 7 Pip is shown to be scared of what his expectations are going to be when he goes to Miss Havisham's house. "But they twinkled out one by one, without throwing any light on the questions why on earth I was going to play at Miss Havisham's, and what on earth I was expected to play at." Pip is still young and has never properly associated some one with Miss Havishams' social status as she is the upper class and Pip came from an upper working class background. This brings us back to that point that Pip is afraid of people with higher social standings than himself. When Pip reached Miss Havisham's house he was still nervous about the way he should conduct himself at her home. ...read more.

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So morality is brought back into the theme. The early chapters of the book are the basis of the books characters, plot and theme; these are very influential in Great Expectations and have great impact on the overall plot of the novel. They introduce all the characters who will play a big part in Pip's future life to come. The characters influence Pip's outlook on life and his desires in life. The chapters 1-5 also have a dark and uncanny aspect as Pip being in the Kent marshes and being sent by a convict to steal him a file for his chains. The crime and punishment theme was very well represented on the marshes. There is a great deal of social class and snobbery from the upper class that look down on the lower class like when Estella treated Pip badly when they were children. The early chapters are very important as these are where the main themes of the play are first developed. Without these crucial chapters being so revealing of Pip's past the story would be difficult to understand and Dickens would not have been able to expose his concerns of England effectively in the weekly publication. Overall I conclude chapters 1-9 have immense contribution on the novels story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Meera Makwana Great Expectations 11 VW English - Mr Clark ...read more.

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