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  1. Compare and Contrast Dickens’ “Great Expectations” with Frost’s “The Runaway” looking specifically at the theme of fear.

    Dickens was ashamed of this experience and often called it "The secret agony of my soul". "Great Expectations also explores the class system present in Victorian England and challenges it by suggesting that a "lowly" workers boy could rise to become a gentleman, the fact that pip later becomes a snob and turning his back on the people that brought him up as a child. Robert frost on the other hand was often critisised for ignoring the current issues of the day instead choosing to write about nature from his farming community in New England, although he was not a

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  2. How Far Can Pips Childhood Be Described As a Traumatic One?

    Pips imagination is shown by his ability to picture his parents from the inscriptions on their tombstones. The opening chapter is a very important event in Pips life as it is the basis of his future and is certainly a traumatic one. Magwitch's appearance is described as being 'coarse' and 'muddy' with 'leg irons'. To a young impressionable child this is a very disturbing image and would easily scare him. Also, Magwitchs horrific threats about the 'young man' that is capable of tearing Pip apart, even in the safety of his own bed, and removing his liver to eat.

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  3. Analysis of Dickens' Description of Fog In London in "Great Expectations".

    It is constantly repeated to remind us of how thick and strange it is. Usually fog isn't particularly interesting to be repeated so many times.H e emphasise and focus is put on the fog to try and express and give an impression of an unusual and intense foggy atmosphere to the reader. Dickens also uses various prepositions in this passage.For example he uses prepositions in this quotes : "Fog up the river" ; " fog down the river" ; " fog on the Essex marshes"; "fog in the stem and bowl" ; "fog wheezing by".

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  4. Explore the ways Dickens presents the relationship between Pip and Magwitch, with particular reference to Chapters 39 (2.10) and 54 (3.15)

    However, it is clear to see that the setting is much changed in Chapter 54 as the stormy scene is replaced with a much more favourable scenery where ?sun shines hot and the wind blows cold? where its ?summer in light, winter in shade? as they prepare to collect Magwitch on their planned escape. This pathetic fallacy is representative of Pip?s now softened feelings towards his benefactor, with the sunshine giving off impressions of a more positive atmosphere where Pip has now warmed to Magwitch and has a much gentler approach to him.

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  5. Great Expectations - create a monologue for Miss Havisham.

    I used to be so strong, so beautiful. Now, I feel so lonely and so near to my death. Section 1 I remember the day of my wedding, how could I even forget that day, the day that I was so foolish to believe its going to end happy. I never did felt what true love was anyway; since the day I was born. Through my life I understood that true love is just another lie, and old tale and which only happens in fairy tales. I thought I could trust him, Compensyson; my beloved fiancée who jilted me on our own wedding day, left me on the altar, He was so sweet.

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  6. How does Dickens show tension in the relationship between Joe and Pip when Joe comes to visit Pip in London?

    It shows this when Pip describes the looks of Joe while at the dinner table. ?Utterly preposterous as his cravat was, and his collars were, I was conscious of a sort of dignity in the look.? Pip is saying that although Joe looks like a bit off a fool in his smart clothes that he isn?t used to and his ?bad? manners he still has his dignity. This is not to say for Pip because he is very rude and hostile towards Joe just because of his manners that he doesn?t know. It is also shown that there is great tension in the relationship between Pip and Joe when Joe calls Pip ?sir?.

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  7. How Does Dickens Present the Character Mrs Joe Throughout Chapters 1-7 of Great Expectations?

    In the tradition of marriage, the wife usually gives up her last name to show that she is "property" of the man; therefore it is especially ironic that she be called Mrs. Joe when it is clear that Joe belongs more to her. Dickens also presents her as having a rather obvious dissatisfaction with her life. She blames Pip and Joe for this, stating ?you?ll drive me to the churchyard betwixt you and oh, a pr-r-rectious pair you?d be without me!? She appears to believe that Pip and Joe should feel guilty for putting her through the woes and horror that her life is, but still feel grateful that she endures it instead of upping and leaving.

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  8. The Characters of Jaggers and Orlick in "Great Expectations".

    His significance lies in his relationship to a number of themes , he is a keeper of secrets and holds the key to most of the novel?s mysteries , he enjoys the knowledge, power and control of others that his position brings him , he appears to be detached, harsh, cruel and even unfeeling, and embodies some of the novel?s moral issues , he stands at an oblique angle to domestic life, as can be seen in the description

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  9. Mrs. Joes Function in Great Expectations

    Joe appears, an image of an abusiveness woman has been vividly presented in front of the readers. As the Joe states in the novel, when Pip gets home from marsh, Ms Joe gets up, makes a grab at Tickler, and ram-paged out? (Dickens,7). Here, Mrs. Joe is described as an aggressive, unapproachable figure. And Pip has to become closer to Joe instead of his older sister. Joe also appears as defenseless in front of Mrs.

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  10. Pip's monologue. Cold. Lonely. Scared. The three words that sums up how Im feeling right now

    I try to stay out of her way now, at the graveyard, that way I can?t do anything wrong. Today, my visit to the graveyard was normal, or so I though on my way there... It was for an autumn day, quite a bit darker than meant to be considering the time of day in which it was. I was making my way through the bleak overgrown patches of nettles that surrounded the stone cold path in which lay beneath my feet. Every so often I felt the ice cold water leak into my ancient boots. The coldness hit my body, it was unbearable, I wrapped myself in my damp jacket hoping the vigorous shaking of my body would stop.

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