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The film “Great Expectations” has a more interesting beginning and has more effect on the reader, than the opening chapter in the novel.

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Michael Maloney 1 October 2001 "Great Expectations" Assignment. The film "Great Expectations" has a more interesting beginning and has more effect on the reader, than the opening chapter in the novel. The film starts by Mr. Pirrip (Pip as an older gentleman) reading to us the first few lines of the novel. You can only see his hands on the book, when it fades out and re-opens into the story with the camera panning on and around a young Pip. He is running across a bleak, desolate moor with an old wooden gibbet in the background. It is quiet dark and miserable, which also adds to the tense atmosphere. The camera then moves into a murky, overgrown graveyard, which is full of nettles and thorns. It shows you a tree creaking which looks like a giant hand, which again also adds to the eerie atmosphere. The graves are untidy, crooked and very disorganized. Pip is standing by his parents' grave (but not the ones of his five small brothers which strangely don't appear in the film) weeping when Magwitch (the convict) comes from nowhere and shouts, "Hold your noise. Keep still you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!" Pip replies quickly and begs for the convict not to. The convict is wearing brownish grey rags and a band around his shaven head. ...read more.


He was tilting Pip backwards over a gravestone in an effort to scare him into bringing what he wanted. He had his face right up against Pip's shouting at him to bring them. I don't like the part where Pip says, "If you would kindly please to let me keep upright, sir, perhaps I shouldn't be sick, and perhaps I could attend more. It sounds too high-class considering he is being threatened with death. Magwitch tells Pip to make sure he never tells anyone and that he will kill him and roast his heart and liver if he does or doesn't bring the file and food. "You do it and you never dare to say a word or dare to make a sign concerning you have ever seen such a person as me, or any person sum-ever, and you shall be let to live." He then goes onto talking about eating his heart and liver. "You fail, or you go from my words in any partickler, no matter how small it is, and your heart and liver shall be torn out, roasted and ate." To strike fear into Pip the convict also tells Pip that another man is hiding with him. He says, "There is a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am an angel." ...read more.


In the film you see him limping off into the distance, with his back hunched, dragging his feet. The final paragraph in the chapter tells us about the marshes and the red and black sky. Once again adding to the atmosphere. In the novel it says, "... one of these was a beacon by which the sailors steered - like an unhooped cask upon a pole-an ugly thing when you were near it; the other a gibbet, with some chains hanging to it which once held a pirate." Once again imagine the image that was being painted in Pip's young mind. Then it says, "I looked around for the horrible young man, I could see no signs of him." This proves that Pip was scared and to back it up it says, "But now I was frightened again, and ran home without stopping." So I think the film has a greater affect on the viewer than the novel because you can see the stormy weather and the expressions on the characters' faces. It gives you a clearer image. Although I think the film has a greater effect us than the novel not everyone would share my opinion. People may argue against this point by giving good points of the novel such as it goes into much more detail. Another good thing about the novel is that you can paint your own image of the surroundings in your head. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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