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  1. Great Expectations Chapter One analysis

    representing the death of Pip's parents, when he was at a very small age. Magwitch the escaped convict is also introduced; who we assume is a corrupt character from the use of language used to describe him by Dickens. He described as "A fearful man, all in coarse gray, with a great iron on his leg" gave us the ideas that he is an escaped convict as only convicts are chained by iron and a bad personality from the phrase "A fearful man". Pip's sister, Mrs Joe Gargery is the final character who is introduced; she acts like a mother figure to Pip.

    • Word count: 873
  2. How does Charles Dickens engage and sustain the reader in the opening chapter of Great Expectations?

    He begins the story without tension as Pip (the older) introduces himself and begins to describe his childhood. Immediately the audience is engaged by Dickens' protagonist as their given an insight into his life. Pip says 'my infant tongue could make of the two names nothing more explicit than Pip. So I called myself Pip and came to be called Pip'. As well as injecting some humour to the story, the audience is given something personal to relate to Pip - much like a nickname. Afterwards, the audience begins to sympathise with Pip as we learn more of his situation.

    • Word count: 948
  3. How does Charles Dickens make the the first chapter of "Great Expectations" effective?

    In the second paragraph the author uses words like "gloomy" and "raw" to create a bleak atmosphere. Moreover the author writes "the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing". These words used in this paragraph symbolize pip's feeling and foreshadow the upcoming events which make the reader apprehensive. The reader learns from the fist two paragraphs that pip has had a horrible time so far and the fact that he lives in poverty does not help. The third paragraph starts with "hold your noise".

    • Word count: 826
  4. Pip's diary

    I wanted to escape. Additionally Mr. Wopsle continued on intimidating me into feeling a burden towards Mrs. Joe. I appreciate that Joe is the only person who feels compassion towards me, though sometimes it seems like he pities me.

    • Word count: 434
  5. How does Dickens engage the reader in Great Expectations?

    Simultaneously, Dickens also used varying sentence structure to create anticipation and tension. He used long sentences for a detailed description. This would create the atmosphere. On the other hand, he used short sentences for sudden events and dialogue. This creates tension as it happens suddenly. This, in turn, helps to engage the reader. A different technique that Dickens used to make 'Great Expectations' successful is the use of universal themes, i.e. crime and violence. For example in chapter two, Pip's sister "applied tickler to its further investigation". The above quote shows that Dickens used violence - a universal theme.

    • Word count: 818
  6. Great Expectations

    He is critical of the mistakes he made when he was younger. Pip is a good person but ends up doing things he wouldn't normally do and ends up feeling guilty which makes us sympathise with his dilemma. He also makes things up because Dickens also makes us feel sorry for pip in a lot of ways. The churchyard scene is described in a lot of detail to make people really have an idea of what the place is like. He describes it as being a dark flat wilderness intersected with dykes, mounds and gates, with cattle feeding on it' which really paints a mental picture in the readers head to make it seem real.

    • Word count: 786
  7. Prose Text

    It is what Pip does in this chapter for Magwitch that leads to him leaving Pip the property. This opening chapter aims to make sure the reading wants to keep reading. In chapter one, we are introduced to two main characters - Pip and Magwitch. We are not yet aware of Magwitch's name. Pip's dead parents and five brothers, his sister and brother-in-law are also mentioned. The story is told by Pip and is in past tense. We feel sympathy for Pip, we find out most of his family is dead, and then he is threatened by a criminal and is very scared.

    • Word count: 761
  8. Act 3:1 is a pivotal one Discuss this comment in terms of plot, staging, structure, character and relationships and language use.

    The scene begins with Romeo running from the church to tell his friend Mercutio and cousin Benvolio that he has been married to Juliet, he is understandably elated but he is stopped in his tracks when Tybalt turns up trying to start ructions with Romeo. He wants Romeo's blood and is determined that nothing will stand in his way, especially Romeo's attempts to befriend him which only enflames the situation by frustrating Romeo's friend Mercutio and angering Tybalt, this is because he is oblivious to the fact that he is now cousins with Romeo, and we will never find his feelings on the marriage.

    • Word count: 822
  9. How is a tense and mysterious atmosphere created in the opening chapter of Great Expectations?

    Basically, each episode left the reader sympathising for the main character, and Pip left the reader with suspense. Dickens deliberately sets out to create a frightening atmosphere at the beginning of his novel. The setting of this novel is in a country side, where Pip is standing is a churchyard and surrounding is the marsh land.

    • Word count: 435
  10. Analyse the dramatic importance of the end of act one of A View from the Bridge

    Further to this there is a suspense tension on what will happen next, where Alfieri visits an old lady to question about the fate of Eddie Carbone. The last statement of Alfieri after his discussion with the lady ends with, "And so I waited here" which gives a sense to the audience that Alfieri himself fears that a disaster will happen and so we are curious and anxious to find out.

    • Word count: 370
  11. How does Dickens create an effective sense of time, place and atmosphere in the opening chapter of Great Expectations?

    In this first chapter Dickens creates a great effect which pulls you right in the story, the tension increases from the first lines that explain how Pip became an orphan, and how he from then, imagined the looks of his parents, starting from such small things, that change miraculously from the moment Pip turns his head, and the face of this 'fearful man' appears right in front of him. Then the reader gives you a biographical story that makes you feel part of the story, this then makes the reader think that this story is a flashback and that the character is talking about his past.

    • Word count: 990
  12. How does Dickens create character that both memorable and striking in ''Great Expectations''?

    In chapter one Dickens shows convict memorable and striking because what he is wearing and how convict compares with the atmosphere. Convict appears from out of nowhere after you see pip crying over his parent's death. The convict is very rude to pip and makes him get the convict some whittles and a file to cut his chains or he would kill him. The convict is wearing rags and is very dirty and looks very strong and seems scary to pip.

    • Word count: 818
  13. Essay: How does Dickens' use of the setting suit the characters Magwitch and Miss Havisham? Focus particularly on chapters 1, 8 and 11 in your response.

    They both are connected towards the settings, in the way they are presented to the audience. Magwitch is introduced in chapter one when he meets Pip in an old churchyard (in which most of Pip's family is buried, including his mother and father). From Pip's description of him, the reader gains a first impression of Magwitch as being a fearsome and formidable character. His murderous threats terrify Pip and the dark, scary setting makes the convict seem callous and cruel. The marshland is describe as having "..scattered cattle feeding on it..". The scattered cattle make the marshes seem wild, free and natural; this is much like Magwitch.

    • Word count: 995
  14. Great Expectations [year 10 english]

    Pip goes to Miss Habisham to play as she had requested him to do so. He goes there for many years until he moves to London to become a gentleman as it was his life long dream so he could marry Estella. Towards the end of the novel he does get married to Estella. Chapter 1 of this novel is set in a graveyard. This is where Pip meets the Convict and the convict demands pip brings a file and some whittles. The way that dickens 1st refers to the graveyard is by saying "The bleak place, overgrown with nettles".

    • Word count: 809
  15. Great Expections

    Even through pip is threatened by him he is still intrigued and asks Mrs. Joe and Joe about the 'hulk' where Magwitch said his was from, even Though every times he asks he gets told off he continues to ask and finds out it is a prison ship and that Magwitch must be a convict. When the police arrive at pips door on Christmas Day pip is scared it is about stealing the pork pie for the convict, but they are just there to get some handcuffs fixed by his brother-in-law Joe Gargery.

    • Word count: 885
  16. Description of Graveyard in Great Expectations

    It also sounds as if the graveyard was separated from the rest of the village. The graveyard was also "overgrown with nettles" which definitely sounds like it has been abandoned and forgotten about by everyone, except Pip. There is also an air of neglect about it as no one had bothered to get rid of the nettles and it was now disused. There is also a lot of description referring to the marshland surrounding the churchyard.

    • Word count: 446
  17. "Great Expectations" Coursework

    We know that Pip is alone in the churchyard. "This bleak place, overgrown with nettles, was the churchyard." This shows that Dickens is describing the churchyard as a dark and sinister place, therefore creating a sense of mystery and fear. Pip then surprisingly meets the convict. ""Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves" This shows that Dickens is creating fear by the abruptness of the order. Dickens uses comedy in beginning of this chapter with, "I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence."

    • Word count: 857
  18. Great Expectations

    Magwitch, however, shows his feelings for Pip when he says, 'I'm your second father. You're my son - more to me nor any son. I've put away money, only for you to spend.' He's openly loving to Pip, who just wants to get Magwitch out the house. Pip acts like this because he believes that he can't be a proper gentleman with such a shameful benefactor, when the real reason is actually his attitude towards people like Magwitch, and earlier to Joe. Section Two: The Setting Dickens uses many techniques in which to create a sinister and unpleasant setting.

    • Word count: 818
  19. Having read Great Expectations(TM) how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

    Pip becomes more socially educated and rich all because of a certain benefactor who was once a convict. In this piece of coursework I will be going in to great detail of Pips character and how he changes from the opening chapter, and how Dickens ensured his readers to keep reading. Also how the theme of crime and law runs through from the very first chapter. At the beginning Pip is about seven years old. Dickens skillfully catches the reader's attention and sympathy in the first few pages, introduces several major themes, creates a mood of mystery in a lonely setting, and gets the plot moving immediately.

    • Word count: 838
  20. Importance Of Magwhich In Great Expectations

    The convict feels that pip is a replacement for the child he lost. In a vey moving scene, Pip tells the dying convict that his daughter is alive and is a beautiful lady. There is no hint when you are first introduced to Magwhich that he will become a positive influence on the main character, Pip, and his development into a "gentleman". In fact Dickens shows quite an opposite side of Magwhich, he shows a frightening man who seizes hold of pip and threatens him with " Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat" in the crematory.

    • Word count: 585
  21. Compare chapter 1 of great expectations in which pip first meets the convict, with chapter 39, when the convict returns

    Pip also comes across as a polite person because when he first meets Magwitch he says 'Sir' at the end of sentences, for example, when Magwitch asks for his name he says "Pip sir" to a stranger. We also learn that he is timid, scared lonely and vulnerable from the language used to describe him. In this chapter we also meet Magwitch, the convict.

    • Word count: 793
  22. Great Expectations

    Throughout this assignment I am going to explore and explain the techniques Dickens uses to engage the sympathy of the reader. Dickens creates a setting which is tense, Gothic and daunting when Pip first encounters with Miss Havisham inside the house. An example of this, "...large room, well lighted with wax candles." This shows that the room has lost its soul and spirit and Pip is nervy because it reminds him of the day he visited his parent's graves on Christmas Eve and first encounters with the escaped convict, Magwitch.

    • Word count: 991
  23. Great Expectations

    After Pip's first meeting with the two (Miss Havisham and Estella) he is left bewildered and depressed. Pip also finds himself talking like Estella, as if he is trying to compensate for his low class. Before going to Miss Havisham's house, Pip viewed himself as high up in society, because people require Joe Gargery's (his brother in law/ guardian) skills. 'Are you the blacksmith? Yes. We need you to make us a pair of handcuffs for this 'ere criminal ' to make handcuffs and horseshoes along with many other things. Also people asked Pip to do jobs for them and Pip got paid for doing the jobs.

    • Word count: 701
  24. How Does Dickens Create Striking and Memorable Characters In Great Expectations?

    This technique allows Dickens to offer variety in his characters, making them conspicuous, and therefore the reader is more likely to remember the characters each week. Each characters costume is particular to how they are feeling, their class or their occupation. Dickens uses costume as a strong indicator of what characters are like. Miss Havisham s clothes tell us about how she is feeling and how she lives her life. Miss Havisham wears an old, dusty, wilting bridal dress : she has been wearing it since stood her wedding day, when her fianc´┐Ż did not turn up to the church

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the three main female characters in Great Expectations

    "In conclusion I believe these three women have all had their effects on Pip and his life in some way or another. The majority of these effects have been negative and Pip has had to endure a lot in his life. Yet he has come out all in all a very respectable young gentleman when he could've turned very differently."

  • Compare and contrast the presentation of Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham and Estella in the opening chapter of 'Great Expectation

    "In conclusion, in the opening chapters of 'Great Expectations,' I believe that Pip earns the most sympathy due to the way he is presented; his frailty and him being an orphan being the key emotional areas. However, later on as we learn more about each of the other characters, we feel more sympathetic towards them. By the end of the novel, each character is an almost contradiction to themselves as Dickens argues against society suggesting that people can change. Poor, trembling Pip has grown up, he has sufficient money, which is what he wanted, he becomes educated and is a gentlemen, whereas the arrogant and beautiful Estella becomes quiet and battered, her beauty now hidden behind her scars. Miss Havisham dies understanding, that although she felt it is necessary to gain her revenge on men, due to her pain, she'd caused a lot of pain by creating a monster in the cold hearted Estella which meant that her once broken heart could finally feel again. Finally, Magwitch, who seemed to be rough and animal like, mellows down and forms a bond between himself and Pip. His story helps the reader understand him and the hatred they felt towards him in the opening chapters is directed towards Compeyson who becomes the common enemy and villain who meets a just end."

  • Having read Great Expectations how effective is the opening chapter? Discuss the methods Dickens used to ensure his readers continuing interest.

    "In conclusion, I believe that the opening chapter of Great Expectations is very effective. Not only is this one of the most exhilarating novels that a person could read, but it is one to recommend too. Due to the narration of Pip, the opening chapter would make readers very intrigued, wanting to know more about 'what's going to happen next' as well as Pip's life and what his outcome in life is. The choice of language as well as the literary terms used such as metaphors, similes and dramatic tension, would draw one's attention and keep them fascinated throughout the entire book."

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