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What Impressions Do We Gain Of Pip's Character From Chapter One And How Has Dickens Achieved This?

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Introduction

Phoebe Casey 12CD What Impressions Do We Gain Of Pip's Character From Chapter One And How Has Dickens Achieved This? 'Pip' is very much a child in the the first chapter. However, it is Pip narrating it as an adult ( retrospective narrator). You know he is a child by his 'childish' thoughts and his rather odd imagination. He manages to come up with the 'childish conclusion' that his father is a 'square, stout, dark man, with curly hair' just by looking at his fathers tombstone. Also, that his mother was 'freckled and sickly'. It is quite bizarre that Pip has managed to conjour up that idea from a tombstone. ...read more.

Middle

Dickens uses words like 'mine' or the repeated word 'family'. This proves that Pip still associates himself with his family even his 'five little brothers' who he's never even set eyes on. An impression I also recieve from Pip is that he is very polite. He repeatedly uses the word 'sir' when speaking to Magwitch even when Magwitch is threatening to cut Pips throat. I also believe that the setting has a link to Pips feelings and the whole atmosphere. The setting is used to make Pips visit to the graveyard more 'memorable'. The setting's 'dark, flat wilderness' also builds up the tension and emotion for Magwitch's arrival. It also adds to Pip's fear and emotion. ...read more.

Conclusion

Dickens does this to intimidate Pip even more and to make Pips experience with Magwitch as fearful and as memorable as possible. Magwitch then starts to go into great detail about what the other man can supposedly do. The description of the man kind of sounds like a ghost or horror story and Magwitch refers to himself as an 'Angel' compared to the other man. ' You may think yourself comftable and safe, but that young man will softly creep and creep his way to him and tear him open'. If a young child heard that it would certainly scare them and play with their imagination and its no exception for Pip. Dickens tries to characterise Magwitch as common, uneducated and with a strong accent. This makes out that violent, aggressive criminals, like Magwitch, are only common, uneducated and cant speak properly. Discrimination against status. ...read more.

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