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To compare Pip's first and second meeting with the convict Able Magwitch (chapter 1 and 39)

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Great Expectations To compare Pip's first and second meeting with the convict Able Magwitch (chapter 1 and 39) Great Expectations is one of Dickens most popular and famous books. It was written in the 19th century when the industrial revolution took place. This book was written in many versions. It was also published as a comic strip in the newspapers and was later on turned into a film. Through out this book Dickens tries to tell us about life in the 19th century. He discusses lots of themes in this book. Some of the themes are love, poverty, wealth, class, betrayal and crime. He has also created two of his best, most memorable characters in Miss Havisham and Pip. My essay will take a look at the books two main characters Pip and Able Magwitch. He uses these characters to make the reader realise some of the important things in 19th century life. Pip who is a young orphan boy with Great Expectations grows up to become a rich and educated gentleman who ends up being miserable as he loses his love Estella. And Able Magwitch who is an escaped, cold hearted, ruthless convict to becomes a generous, kind and somewhat feeble old man. ...read more.


Magwitch is taking control over anything and everything that is happening between him and Pip. He is violent towards Pip and is mysterious as he 'turned me upside down.' Magwitch is an escaped convict as he has 'great iron on his leg.' Nonetheless Magwitch is still shrouded in mystery in chapter 39. He is not in control anymore as he says 'master' to Pip. He is much more polite to Pip has he answers all the questions asked by Pip respectfully and without hesitating, for example 'yes I will explain my business by your leave.' he also holds his arms out towards Pip to hug him instead of being violent towards him. The power relations between Magwitch and Pip change through the way they are positioned Pip looks down the stairs and Magwitch kneels down. Nineteenth century life was simple. People lived rural lifestyle 'ours was the marsh country, down by the river.' The people were less complicated for example Joe and Biddy. They had low expectations for life. The people lived in poverty 'trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle.' the reader interprets this information from chapter 1. Nineteenth century life became more complicated. ...read more.


In conclusion I think that Dickens has portrayed his thoughts in this book well. There is a great difference between the two meeting that take place between Pip and Able Magwitch. The main differences are that in chapter 1 Pip is a working class boy who lives in the countryside and in chapter 39 Pip is a gentleman who is living in London. In chapter 1 Able Magwitch is an escaped convict who is violet and poor and in chapter 39 Able Magwitch is a polite, kind and rich old man. However there is not a vast difference between the weather and atmosphere of both chapters as in both chapters the weather and atmosphere created by Charles Dickens foreshadows that something negative ad bad is going to happen next. In both chapters Dickens uses different styles to convey to the reader that something sudden is going to happen. Both of the meetings drive the narrative as in both of them the narrative helps change the story. As in the first meeting Pip is told by Magwitch that he has to steal which puts him in a confused, frightening situation and in the second meeting Magwitch tell the Pip that he is his benefactor which helps him release how badly he treated Joe. Aisha Mahboob 10m4 page 1 ...read more.

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