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What do we learn of Dickens as a Writer?

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What do we learn of Dickens as a Writer In my essay I'm going to be learning about what Dickens is like as a writer. I will be looking closely at two extracts in the novel, Great Expectations. The first extract will be where Pip meets Magwitch in the graveyard and the second extract is when Pip meets miss Havisham for the first time. Magwitch is one of the main characters, as we find out in the story, but we first meet him first in chapter 1, when pip is in the churchyard. Pip, also a main character, who is an orphan, is walking through a remote churchyard to see his family's grave on Christmas Eve. He is then grabbed by "a man with no hat," this shows that he wasn't a gentleman because during the Victorian era, all gentlemen wore top hats, " with a great iron on his leg". This suggests that he is a convict running from the police. ...read more.


I think this is showing that she had been wearing the dress for a very long time and she had lost weight and had become weak. Dickens then writes about how Miss Havisham reminds him of a " ghastly waxwork at the fair," and "skeleton in the ashes of a rich dress." But what makes it even scarier, is that Miss Havisham reminds him of death but is alive with "dark eyes that moved," in the eyes of a child this would scare almost anybody. This makes her sound unusual, almost like a corpse. Dickens in this story describes the surrounding area before we meet the characters involved. As in chapter Chapter 1, Dickens describes The surrounding area through a child eyes, " our country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of sea." This shows they were pretty close to the coastal area, "dead and buried," shows that this place is very quiet and nobody goes there, perhaps not many habitants. ...read more.


The society convicts were punished harshly back in the Victorian time. Dickens shows his position against prison authorities and the convicts; they would transport and have the death penalty. Pip, who is a gentleman, is completely the opposite of them. He has wine dinners and has a commendation in London, but there's a twist; Magwitch is paying for Pip to be a gentleman. So therefore becoming a criminal himself. Dickens may also hate the prison system due to his father being in prison, this is probably why he shows his negativity towards the justice system in the story. In Victorian times wealth was everything, only rich families would marry each other. We learn that Miss Havisham is very rich but doesn't get married. This puts her into a deep hate against men. She is then treated as an outcast in society. Pip's life is practically changed due to Magwitch and Miss Havisham. She tried to make him miserable, but she doesn't succeed. Pip's life is changed totally because of Magwitch. He pays for him to be a gentleman; Miss Havisham also pays for him to work for her. All in all, this entire story wouldn't be possible without these two characters. ...read more.

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