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Why is chapter 39 of Great Expectations a key chapter and how does Dickens convey its importance and drama to the reader?

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Why is chapter 39 of Great Expectations a key chapter and how does Dickens convey its importance and drama to the reader? Rahman Khan 10C Chapter 39 is a pivotal chapter in the novel because Pip finally finds out who his benefactor is and how his feelings are portrayed through the language Dickens used. I will also explain in this essay how Dickens has conveyed to the reader. In the beginning of the chapter the reader is reminded of the age Pip is 'I was three and twenty years of age.' This is reminding the reader that many years had passed and that Pip had nothing to 'enlighten' him on his expectations. He has also left 'Barnard's Inn more than a year, and lived in temple'. He hasn't seen Mr. Pocket for some time now, which is curious because they were the best of friends. Pip is 'alone' and he was 'dispirited and anxious' this may be because he still doesn't know who is benefactor is that ...read more.

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Who comes out of nowhere and knows Pip? This creates more tension within the chapter on how the weather, Pip's feelings and his emotions are in contrasts with his fear, and now, a stranger has come to see Pip. Dickens makes Pip is reluctant to invite the man into his home because of the question the stranger asks 'There's no one nigh...is there?' which is created more drama and suspense in this chapter because it makes the reader wonder why would he want to know who is up there instead of Pip? The greatest surprise is when we finally find out who this stranger is...he is Magwitch, the convict who Pip helped long ago. Magwitch makes a game of who Pip's benefactor is, 'how are you living?'' I hope you have this well?' these are only a few questions he keeps shooting at him. Then it is finally revealed. ...read more.

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Dickens has conveyed that Pip has no faith in 'Miss Havisham', that she has 'no intentions for' him that they are 'not designed for' him. His desires are nothing but a mere childhood dream. The 'black veil' on Pip's face must now open up and we will now see what lies ahead of him. Dickens has used repletion on the images and sounds in this chapter, and has also played with Pip's feelings, which also plays with the readers feelings, we now what Pip knows, there was no dramatic irony, this was a surprise for Pip and the reader, which to me is good way of writing a story, all we knew is what Pip knew. So in conclusion I believe that Dickens has created the most powerful chapter in Great Expectations and he has made Pip realise a valuable lesson: that noting is what it seems, that everything that once was, is lost, and everything that should have been remembered, was forgotten and that a dream and turn into a nightmare- into a linear sequence of scares, but still have an effect on your subconscience. ...read more.

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