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Through Great Expectations we can see Dickens own ideas and the society he lived in. Through the use of devices such as setting, other characters and Pip's thoughts Dickens establishes Pip's feelings.

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GREAT EXPECTATION COURSEWORK "Great Expectations" is a Bildungsroman. A Bildungsroman is usually the story of a single individual's growth and development within the context of a defined social order. "Great Expectations" is recognized as a Bildungsroman since it has elements of autobiography. This is established in the text as it is old Pip looking back at his life and self development this is given away when the word 'I' is used. A Bildungsroman should contain education Charles Dickens has shown this through out the text. As Pip gets older his understanding of Victorian life becomes clearer to him. Ancestry is emphasised in the beginning of the novel when Pip talks about his family's history. The social conditions in "Great Expectations" is revealed through Charles Dickens use of language. Pip is an orphan and is in a blacksmith family In Chapter 1 we are introduced to the narrator as a child the effect of this is an older reader gives an insight into his behaviour. The first chapter of "Great Expectations" we learn many things about Pip. At the beginning of the chapter Pip describes himself, Pip is shown to be isolated because he seems to have made up his own name which shows that he has not been ...read more.

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He wants to stop her from smacking Pip with Tickler (a stick used to punish Pip) but the only thing he does is to tell him to get behind the door. "Get behind the door, old chap". When Pip puts the slice of bread down his trousers. He felt hungry and was scarred at the same time. "I dared not to eat my slice. I felt that I must have something in reserve for my dreadful acquaintance". This shows how scared Pip was of the convict it also shows the lack wealth that they have, as he cannot ask for another one. Dickens uses Chapter 2 to show us a typical Victorian family. The setting at the start of chapter 3 conveys Pips emotions. At the beginning of Chapter 3 Dickens describes Pip taking food and a file to the frightful Convict. Pip is portrait as a thief or criminal and he has done is a major crime. Dickens uses adjectives such as 'rimy', 'damp', 'clammy' to set the atmosphere as well as resembling it was meant to happen. Dickens uses the metaphor "as if some goblin had been crying there all night" which set a mysterious, gloomy and terrifying atmosphere. ...read more.

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One of the other main reasons that Charles Dickens had for going against this system was the fact that his own dad was imprisoned for one of those small reasons like debts. In Charles Dickens' novels, he tried to make his readers understand how hard life was for the working poor, and how horrible it was for London's vast underclass of jobless, often homeless people. Charles Dickens' characters in Great Expectations reflect the real life in Victorian society. Charles Dickens shows his beliefs in the main character Pip. Pip's conditions are the same as typical Victorian people he is forced to live in land that no one wants. Pip is very respectful towards the convict even though he has disrespected him by turning him upside down. This is trying to say that convicts should be respected the same as everyone else. In conclusion Dickens establishes the identity of Pip immediately and gains the readers sympathy for him by describing the surroundings and the struggle that he has to get through. Charles Dickens uses language devices to skilfully get his point across. Through Great Expectations we can see Dickens own ideas and the society he lived in. Through the use of devices such as setting, other characters and Pip's thoughts Dickens establishes Pip's feelings. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jafar Nabeel 10R Page 1 GREAT EXPECTATIONS ...read more.

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