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What Techniques does Charles Dickens use to make Chapter one an Effective Beginning to Great Expectations?

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What Techniques does Charles Dickens use to make Chapter one an Effective Beginning to Great Expectations? In chapter one, Charles Dickens uses a number of different techniques to grab the reader's attention. I will be writing about these techniques and explain how they help make the beginning of Great Expectations so effective. A successful beginning has to grab the reader's attention to make them want to read on. Charles Dickens does this by using thrilling dialogue between Magwitch and Pip, using descriptive language about the landscape and having conflict between the characters. In chapter one we meet Philip Pirrip, 'Pip' - a young boy. Straight away we find out his parents and his five brothers are deceased. We also find out that his sister is raising him. ...read more.


In this dialogue we also see a lot of conflict between Pip and Magwitch. Charles Dickens does this because it adds tension and will get his readers captivated in the novel. Through out the first chapter Charles Dickens uses very imaginative description of the landscape. He does this to help the reader imagine the landscape. "The marshes were just a long black horizontal line then, as I stopped to look after him; and the river was just another horizontal line, not nearly so broad nor yet so black; and the sky was just a row of long angry red lines and dense black lines intermixed." This quote actually mimics the shape of the landscape. This gives the impression that the narrator is scanning the landscape, almost like he is seeing it through a lens. ...read more.


This may make them read the next episode to find out what happens to Pip. Charles Dickens has decided to write his novel in first person with Pip looking back on his past because it gives the novel a level of understanding and direct incite into Pip's past. "The small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry was Pip." Writing in first person also makes Pip sound like he is alone. This is a good technique because it makes you feel sorry for Pip because he is all on his own with nobody to help him. In conclusion Charles Dickens used many different and effective techniques to make the first chapter an excellent beginning. The most noticeable of these techniques were the thrilling dialogue between Pip and Magwitch and the illustrative language describing the landscape. These techniques make the reader want to read on and find out what happens next. - 1 - By Russell Wright ...read more.

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