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WIDE READING ASSIGNMENT Great expectations and The Darkness Out There

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GCSE COURSEWORK WIDE READING ASSIGNMENT Great expectations and The Darkness Out There are two stories which are set in two complete different ages. One is written from a woman's point of view and the other from a mans. The stories have been written over one hundred years apart and there are many examples throughout the stories, which allow the reader to see this. Charles Dickens, writes Great Expectations using a formal more elegant vocabulary along with speech patterns of the upper classes in the time in which his story was set, and at the same time writes in first person narrative. Whilst Penelope Lively writes The Darkness Out There using third person narrative and uses a less elegant vocabulary. It is important to realise the differences in the two stories before reading them, as it helps to picture the things that happen in the stories, in a way that could be more real if you are reading and picturing it in the right way and age. ...read more.

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Rutter has used her house well but to a point were it is starting to look untidy. Whereas Miss Havisham's dilapidation is because of neglect. In both stories, the two old ladies are with a younger woman. Both of them prefer to talk to women, rather than men as they feel they can identify with them more easily. Miss Havisham is with a young woman called Estella. She has pride in Estella and she uses her to avenge the male population. Due to her past she hates everybody, especially men as she holds all males responsible for what happened to her and wishes that the same thing would happen to every man, as it did to her. She talks to Estella, and all other people using a sharp tone which suggests detachment and reservation. She tries to get Estella's attention by using quick conversation. "Come nearer; let me look at you. Come close...look at me...Call Estella!...Come, come, come! Walk with me!" Mrs Rutter is with a young woman called Sandra. ...read more.

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Mrs. Rutter on the other hand, is seen a kind old lady who likes to welcome any visitors with open arms, she speaks with a colloquial tone, which helps the readers to compare her to their own grandma. As the story goes on it is obvious that, Mrs. Rutter's appearance has been deceiving. Mrs Rutter had once committed a terrible sin; she had left a German soldier to die. At first glance at her character it seems almost impossible for Mrs Rutter to be capable of doing such a terrible thing. After reading this you are given a very different opinion of Mrs Rutter and realise that she too can be a cold, nasty and ruthless old lady, just like Miss Havisham. Everything that has happened to these two old women over the years has obviously had a huge effect on the way they are and the way they respond to people around them. It has turned Miss Havisham into a grumpy old lady who has no time for anyone. Whereas Mrs Rutter has turned into a kind old lady who has a dark secret hidden beneath her cheerful, happy face. ...read more.

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