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Write a comparison of chapters one and eight of dickens great expectations , focus particularly on dickens descriptions of character and settings indication how this text fits in with its social and historical context.

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Write a comparison of chapters one and eight of dickens great expectations , focus particularly on dickens descriptions of character and settings indication how this text fits in with its social and historical context Research can be used to help to write a comparison of characters and settings in chapters one and eight, the research that can be collected would be historical and social context that involve the book. It would be good to start by talking about Pip and the difference we see in him in chapters one and eight. The reader can imagine from his name "Pip" that he is quite a short person because Pip is sometimes the abbreviation for pipsqueak, this may not necessarily be true but I think this is the impression dickens aimed to achieve. We can see from the first chapter that Pip does not get much information from his sister; this is due to the fact that kids were treated unfairly during this period. Its quite sad that the only information pip can get about his family is from there tombstones, although it is sad for him that he has lost 5 brothers and his mother and father it was very common for children to die during childbirth or shortly afterwards. There is evidence in the book and through my research that children were not respected, we can see this because when we come across the convict, Pip is just tossed upside down as if ...read more.

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Mr Joe is a very shy character, but the reader will notice throughout chapter one that it is him that pip looks up to and respects rather than the higher status Mrs Joe. During the Dickensian period men were usually treated with more respect as they were the people that earned the money, and the women relied on the male and would be nothing with out him however we can see in this household that is not necessarily the case as Mrs Joe is treated better than Joe. You could say the Magwitch and Miss Harvisham were complete opposites, we see in chapter one how Magwitch is nasty towards pip , but we can see that in reality he does not want to hurt him this is why he has created the imaginary character. Where as Miss Harvisham acts nice and friendly towards pip but she really wants to break his heart, or rather she wants Estella to "break his heart". The reader will notice that the convict has a different dialect to most of the people throughout this book, this would suggest him being poorer status, as it was more common to use the "Queens English" in that period, and if you did not then it was a sign of poorness. Miss Harvisham is a very rich old lady, this is obvious because she has enough money to sit and mourn the fact that she was jilted. ...read more.

Conclusion

They use very similar methods in the way they describe the settings in the books. Both authors use the setting to give the feeling of isolation, fear and loneliness, for instance " on the bleak hill top the earth was hard with black frost and the air made me shiver through every limb" this is a quote from withering heights and the reader would be able to notice the link between this and the setting in chapter one when pip is in the graveyard, you can also see the link between chapter one and the following quote " A sorrowful sight I saw dark night coming down prematurely and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wing and suffocating snow". The characters are very strong and sometimes evil characters', he writes his books in a way, where he does not tell you everything straight but leaves clues so you can let your imagination decide. It could be said that Great expectation is quite a gothic novel, in the sense that a lot of it is set in bleak surroundings for instance we start the book on the moors, and the setting inside the house is not that welcoming either due to the fact that Estella runs of with the candle. The settings could portray pips life, as the settings are all very bleak and pips life is quite a bleak life. Dickens writing does have a certain quality that you would recognise as his own. Word Count - 1,139 Excluding title ...read more.

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