Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Marwa Mohammed

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

How does Charles Dickens create sympathy for his characters in ‘Great Expectations’?

Charles Dickens was born on the 7th. February 1812; he grew up in a difficult situation. When he was 12 years old, he left schools to work to help his family to survive. Dickens was a help to his family even though his health was a poor state. His background helped him to understand the plight of other poor people in a similar situation.

Dickens father was in prison for a large part of his childhood, so he didn’t have the advantages that the other children had. When he grew he started to write short extracts of stories to a newspaper, which kept the readers interest. He did the by creating the character of Pip and developing the story of life in Victorian times. Each of these extracts had an open ending which made the reader want to discover what happened next and this is how he became a popular writer of his time.

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Dickens creates sympathy for Pip by describing him as an orphan. Pip states” I never saw my father or my mother and never saw any likeness of either of them”. We immediately feel sorry for him as he is just a child and he is on his own in a dark, bleak graveyard and he is cold and scared. Another way Dickens creates sympathy from the reader is by saying that the only information Pip has about his parents is from their tombstone. Pip imagination leads him to form a picture “….gave me an odd idea that he was ...

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