• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is the Significance of Chapter One of 'Great Expectations' in Relation to the Novel as a Whole?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What is the Significance of Chapter One of 'Great Expectations' in Relation to the Novel as a Whole? 'Great Expectations' is a novel written by Charles Dickens and is considered to be one of his best stories. The plot follows a young boy named Phillip Pirrip or 'Pip' and it focuses on his growth as he matures from a young boy into a fully grown man. He had always had great expectations of himself, wishing to become someone of high social class - as this was set and written in the Victorian era when social class was a huge factor of society - and when he ends up visiting an eccentric woman called Miss Haversham he meets a beautiful young girl called Estella who becomes more important later on. After he discovers that he has a secret benefactor who begins to fund his life. Pip assumes that this benefactor is Miss Haversham but the truth is that it is a criminal, who Pip helped as a child, ...read more.

Middle

Also the fact that the novel follows his growth and the word Pip is also used to describe a small seed which grows into something bigger. The setting from the start of the book is very important starting with the bleak and stereotypical graveyard that gives the chapter tension and a gloomy mood. The graveyard is a typical example of how the setting contributes to the atmosphere of the story. Starting the book in a graveyard immediately informs the reader about a lot of information about Pips history and under different circumstances it would have taken a lot longer to explain; things like Pip's parents and family, which were quickly and subtlety explained to the readers using the gravestones when Magwitch asked "Where's your mother?" and Pip's response being "There sir" as he points to his Mother, Father and five sibling's gravestones. Throughout the book the setting reflects Pip's mood e.g. ...read more.

Conclusion

to show the dialect "pint out the place", "Who d'ye live with..." also Dickens has cleverly shown that Magwitch is uneducated, carefully placing mistakes in his grammar when he talks "And you know what wittles is?" In conclusion I believe that chapter one is very significant because it sets the scene and establishes the mood, setting, themes and character. It also leaves you wondering at the end of the chapter who this Magwitch is and where he comes from, also why he has been chained. This sense of mystery is also left at the end of the book when he and Estella depart as adults and it say "I saw no shadow of another parting from her", now this has two meanings it could mean that the next time they met they never left each other and lived together forever or it could mean that they never saw each other again. It kind of, at the end, leaves an opening as if it could carry on and maybe it was meant to carry on in the newspaper or magazine and never did. Keelan Peters English 10DU 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Great Expectations section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Great Expectations essays

  1. How does Chapter 14 of Great Expectations explore themes present in the novel as ...

    In this case, Dickens is contrasting Pip's shame at having to do honest, hard work with his desire to be a gentleman which, up until this point, has meant acting as Miss Havisham's walking stick. In essence, Dickens is criticizing a Victorian tendency, seen even today, of looking down on

  2. Look In Detail At Chapter Eight Of Great Expectations And Consider The Significance Of ...

    Miss Havisham asked him to find a local boy to come and 'play' and because he knew Mrs Joe (Pips sister)

  1. Great-Expectations is just one novel that follows a tradition of novelsthat choose to focus ...

    Doing this will also create a tense atmosphere. Pip is placed in a scenario where he doesn't know his parents or his five brothers due to circumstances beyond his control; he has suffered tremendous loss at such a young age.

  2. Analysing and explaining Charles Dickens' Great Expectations; Chapter 1.

    the convicts legs run faster and more triumphantly as he spots Pip and comes to attack him. This is effective at creating tension in the atmosphere because it still maintains the suspense of the viewers still not seeing the convict's face, and because the viewers now know that the convict

  1. The themes that are introduced and emphasised in Chapter 8 of Charles Dickens Great ...

    and feeling quite unfairly resentful of Joe Gargery and the way in which he was crudely brought up by him (I wished Joe had been rather more genteelly brought up, and then I should have been so too.) The feeling of dissatisfaction is always present, whether it is strongly portrayed

  2. Great Expectations analysis of chapter 1 and 5

    Orlick resents Pip and hates Pip's abusive sister. On his way home from that visit, Pip finds out his sister was almost murdered and is now mentally crippled. Biddy comes to live with them to help out. One evening, a powerful London lawyer, Mr.

  1. An evaluation of the effectiveness of chapter one of great expectations as the opening ...

    mother and father are dead, and that he couldn't remember either of them and never knew what they looked like in the form of the words - 'I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them'.

  2. Analyse the importance of chapter one of Great expectations with regard to character, plot, ...

    In addition to this, Dickens gives us subtle hints throughout the chapter that Magwitch, like all people shows weakness; "he hugged his shuddering body in both arms" and, through Pip's narration; "A man whose legs were numbed and stiff", he tries to make us feel that perhaps even criminals deserve a second chance to be respected pillars of society.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work