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Write an appreciation of chapter 39 of ‘Great Expectations’

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Classwork 15/11/01 Write an appreciation of chapter 39 of 'Great Expectations' This chapter, which is chapter 39, is full of descriptions that create a very tense atmosphere throughout the chapter. The chapter starts with Pip looking at his life and questioning himself about his life as he still doesn't know what is expectations are, 'I was three-and-twenty years of age, Not another word had I heard to enlighten me on the subject of my expectations'. This is referring to Pip thinking about what his benefactor wishes are for him. Pip's room mate- Herbert had gone to Marseilles in France, leaving Pip lonely and alone, ' Dispirited and anxious, long hoping that tomorrow or next week would clear out of way, and long disappointed, I sadly missed the cheerful pace and ready response of my friend'. Also mentioned in the chapter is the weather, reflecting Pips mood, by using words like 'wretched' the reader understands how low Pip feels, 'It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; mud, mud, mud deep in all the streets'. Repeating certain parts of the sentence creates an atmosphere, showing how Pips mood isn't a very happy one. It goes on in the chapter to say 'day after day' showing that Pips mood is the same every day, and has been for a while, but it will change when Herbert returns and Pip won't be alone anymore. 'A heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if n the East there was an eternity of cloud and wind'. ...read more.


Seeing that Pip recognizes him, he is even happier. He takes Pips hands and kisses them, 'You acted nobly my boy', said he 'Noble Pip! And I have never forgot it!' After saying this, the convict tries to embrace Pip, but Pip pushes him away, showing no affection for the convict, whilst the convict gives Pip all his affection and respect. Pip then patronizes the convict, thinking that he had come all this way to thank Pip for giving him food when he was on the marshes, 'I hope you have shown your gratitude by mending your way of life. If you have come here to thank me, it was nor necessary' Pip half realizes that he has been patronizing the convict, he stops talking. But Pip carries on to patronize the convict by saying, 'That I cannot wish to renew that chance intercourse with you of long ago, under different circumstances'. By saying this, Pip is not acting like the gentleman he should be, but he looks down on the convict, but on looking at it from another angle, this is what Magwitch has made him like. As Pip prepares a drink for the convict he is still not at ease, as his hands shake as he tries to make some hot rum-and-water. Pip sees that the convict is upset as his eyes were full of tears, probably because of what Pip told him. Seeing this, Pip tries to make up for what he had said, 'I hope', 'that you will not think I spoke harshly to you just know'. ...read more.


'O no, no, no' was Pip's answer, 'Never, never!' Pip for one moment believes or hopes that maybe someone helped Magwitch finance him. But Magwitch makes it wore, by telling Pip this, he is rubbing salt into the wound. 'O that he had never come! That he had left me at the forge-far from contended, yet by comparison, happy!' Pip wishes Magwitch hadn't of financed him, so he wouldn't have been lifted to high to drop so low. Magwitch tells Pip how he not only did it for Pip, but to get revenge on society, making something good out of what started bad. '"If I ain't a gentleman, nor yet ain't got no learning, I'm the owner of such"' Magwitch then tells Pip he must stay with him in the flat, or else if he is caught in the country again he will be hanged, this makes it worse for Pip as he now has the convicts life in his own hands. Pip realizes that all Estella and Miss Havisham did was use him. Pip is also scared that in the night Magwitch will kill him as he knows that Magwitch is a violent man after he saw him fighting, and the way he used to threaten Pip when he was smaller. He locks Magwitches door so that he can't get up and commit the crime. 'Eastward churches were striking five, the candles were wasted out, the fire was dead, and the wind and rain intensified the thick black darkness'. Pips reflecting on his state of mind (black). And also he has to look after Magwitch now, just like Magwitch looked after him, making sure he lived like a gentleman. Frances Lowden. ...read more.

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