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  1. Great Expectations

    The repetition of the word "and"; as well as the length of the sentence, emphasises how many different things have happened to Magwitch. The atmosphere Dickens creates for the audience builds tension, as they know that something is about to happen, but do not know what. This keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. This method of cliffhanging would not only have kept the novel interesting, but it would have made sure that the readership bought next week's edition of the newspaper.

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  2. Central motifs of the novel are established vividly in this volume. Imagery and allusions to crime, guilt, class and death exist throughout".

    The arrival of the convict in Pip's life also marks a turning point in his life, as he is then initiated with the act of crime itself, when he is forced to commit a crime to help the criminal by stealing food and a file from the Gargery's pantry, "I stole some bread, cheese...". Allusions to crime and guilt also emerge as a result of Pip's inquisitive nature, when he asks, "And please what's Hulks?" and, "I wonder who's put into prison-ships, and why they're put there?".

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  3. How Does Dickens Create Atmosphere In The Opening Chapters Of Great Expectations?

    Also, there are lots of phrases that give clues as to the period in time that the story was set in. An example of this is, "five little brothers of mine - who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle". This shows the reader that there was a high infant death rate at the time at which the story was written, which leads us to believe that the story was written a long time ago, whilst times were harsh; before the advanced technology we have today was invented.

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  4. how charles dickens presents characters in chapters one and eight of great expectations

    To a modern day reader, this is a very bizarre thought. Nowadays a photograph is not a piece of modern technology; it is something that everybody has, whether it is a digital camera or a camera phone. This is a good example right at the beginning of the story as to how different life was in the 19th century. After this the reader is informed that Pip had five younger brothers, who all died at a young age. This was normal in Victorian times, to have a large family and for many of the children to die in infancy.

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  5. Great Expectations

    As Pip is mourning at the Gravestones, and escaped convict who is as cold as stone. Our first impressions of the convict are that he is a strong, powerful character. He suddenly makes pip feel scared and threatens him, "Keep still, you little devil, or ill cut your throat". He suddenly takes control of the situation and this shows the size and power difference between him and Pip. The difference in size is ironic, as Pips name refers to a small stone. Dickens uses his creativity and gives the reader an image of what the convict looks like; "A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg.

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  6. Great expectations chapter 8

    By introducing the new setting it draws the reader in because they want to know what will happen to Pip at her house. In Chapter 8 there is a new development to the story at Miss Havisham's house. However there are still lots of links back to the first 7 chapters. Pip is still being shoved around by adults, like he was with the convict, but now it is Miss Havisham and he is also still been told to do things he really doesn't want to do.

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  7. Charles Dickens Analysis

    Also, Charles was sent to work in a shoe polish factory. However, when he was aged 16, he decided he wanted to become a reporter and in 1828 Charles found a job as a court reporter in London. This childhood is similar to that of Pip's. Charles' father is sent to jail whilst Pip's father dies. Charles' dream is to become a gentleman, as is Pip's. Charles and Pip both move to London and both achieved prosperity. Dickens had been concerned with the lives of those less fortunate than himself and in particular he was concerned about children working at such a young age in factories.

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  8. Character Essay of All MY Sons

    here Joe is telling Chris about how he's, over the years built up the business for him. Also Joe offers to; "build, you a house, with a driveway from the road" (pg 36) this shows hoe Joe cares for Chris with material goods. Joe comes across as a typical business man, always mentioning; "money"(pg 34) and his: "business"(pg 15). He cares about money a great deal and values everything by it's monetary value: "You mean he'll make a living out of that?"(pg 5)

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  9. How does Dickens establish the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel

    Dickens has strong views of the Victorian Class System, and criticises the lack of compassion shown to the lower rungs of the society ladders. This is shown when he meets a pretty girl called Estella, who calls him 'coarse', and 'common labouring-boy'. This is something that changed his opinions, as he loved her, and so wanted to become a gentleman on her account. As Pip gets older, he is sent to London to become a gentleman, and is paid for by a mysterious and anonymous upper-class benefactor who has 'Great Expectations' of him.

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  10. Great Expectations

    Magwitch Magwitch is an escaped convict who is a fearful man and seems quite rough and messy. He is all in course grey, which suggests that he is a mix of both bad and good. Also as he first appears in the scene he limps and shivers. This shows that he was injured while he was captured or while he was escaping by crossing the river and climbing the cliff up towards the graveyard. Magwitch glares and growls this gives us an idea that Magwitch is an angry person and is like an animal this suggested because in the quote it says 'glares and growls.

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  11. How does Dickens create atmosphere and suspense in the opening chapter of his novel, 'Great Expectations'?

    He has created this atmosphere mostly from having Pip, (the main character, also the retrospective narrator) in a graveyard in which his mother, father and all his brothers and sisters are buried. On way this makes the reader feel sorry for Pip as they may think he is all alone in the world. Another way is when Dickens describes him as "the small bundle of shivers, growing afraid of it all". This makes the reader feel sympathetic towards Pip's predicament in life. The first chapter is also full of suspense. It is suspenseful because Dickens has put Pip in a very vulnerable position.

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  12. In Great Expectations Nothing Is What It Seems

    This shows that Charles Dickens can create an atmosphere of tension with inconsequential things such as the weather. Another illusion we see in the marshes is when we first read about Pip's house. We think that it is Pip's house because he calls it "home". Really the house belongs to Pip's older sister and her husband. They adopted him and because of their age difference, their relationship seems more like mother and son than sister and brother. Pip experiences things in Miss Haversham's house that turn out to be red herrings.

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  13. Great Expectations is an enthralling, complex tale - with a surprising twist. It is a rags to riches story for a young orphan boy, whose name is Pip.

    Pip eventually reacquaints himself with his past and befriends Estella. Pip has learnt during his life that money is not everything and happiness is more important. In Great Expectations there are many themes the most important of which is power. For example, Miss Havisham seeks total power over men. Another major theme is friendships. The manner of friendships is explored and how they can change over time. Finally ambition and self improvement is a potent theme. Pip seeks to gain an education and is not satisfied in being a blacksmiths apprentice.

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  14. I will show how the author Charles Dickens enables the reader to contribute Pips feelings and his opinions.

    Most of his stories have the character of children, unhappy, like Pip in Great Expectations. The novel Great Expectations is written in 1st person, Pip the most important character is telling his own story so it allows the reader to read and see the opinion and feelings of Pip right through from his life, from childhood to young man and to an adult. We see all the character and their point of view from Pip's perspective. The novel is written in 1st person and involves the reader from commencement to the conclusion, and this in itself helps us make sympathy for Pip as we see things through his eyes, like when he has encounter with the convict, "I was dreadfully frightened" Here we can see how Pip felt when he was a little boy.

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  15. Discuss how Dickens establishes the identity of young Pip at the start of the novel

    highlighting their process of maturity, which is often long and arduous clashing with themes of class and love. Dickens portrayal of his protagonist, Pip, reveals a character who is a victim of the harsh, oppressive Victorian society. When we are first introduced to Pip, we are plunged into the stark awareness that he is a helpless orphan, without companionship in a desolate graveyard. This is demonstrated by the quote "A bundle of shivers" He seems inconsequential then, to his surroundings which Dickens portrays through his imaginative description of the mistiness.

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  16. Great Expectations

    His first novel, The Pickwick Papers which was a huge success made Dickens popular at only twenty-five. He then published extensively and was considered a literary celebrity until his death in 1870. I will be looking at how Dickens sustains the interest of the reader in Great Expectations. The opening chapter employs a variety of techniques in order to make the reader interested and intrigued into the novel because of strong characterization, vivid setting and tense drama to make it a powerful text and to hook the reader in. Dickens creates sympathy for the reader through the narrative perspective of Pip because he makes the reader feel sorry for Pip because he is alone and his parents are dead.

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  17. english charles dickens great expectations

    However while Pip is visiting Ms. Havisham the estate is caught on fire and Pip does his best to try and save her. Magwitch wishes to escape and in the process Pip discovers he has a long lost daughter who he thinks is dead but is revealed it is actually Estella the love of Pips life. However Magwitch also dies in the process of trying to escape just before his conviction and then Pip falls terribly ill and is nursed better by his long time friend Joe and his new wife Biddy.

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  18. Great Expectations

    Although Britain was rich poverty was an issue, poverty was hated by Charles Dickens and was anxious by the situation of the poor and people in Britain, especially children. His novels where serialised in daily papers and in them novels he wanted to send through a simple message and to make people of the upper and middle class aware of the situation and state the working class people were in. most of his novels centralised on an orphan child, novels such as Oliver twist.

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  19. 'Guilty but innocent' is a reference used by critics to describe Pip. How far would you agree with this observation from the reading of volume one?

    He is described as 'morally timid and very sensitive.' It can be assumed that these qualities have a direct connection to these childhood hardships. David Trotter also has an interesting view point on this theory and says that Pip 'associates guilt, not with particular events but with a general unease he has felt as long as he can remember' which is an opinion I feel to be true. Throughout volume one there are various examples of Pip feeling guilty. The first being when Pip steals food and a file from his sister to feed and free Magwitch, the convict who threatened him.

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  20. Why is the opening chapter of Great Expectations so successful?

    The description of the convict is full of repetition and uses the word 'and' a lot, this introduction to Magwitch has a buildup of powerful verbs, 'soaked', 'smothered', 'lamed', 'cut', 'stung', 'torn', 'limped and shivered, 'glared and growled'. The use of these shows that Dickens wanted to create a strong and powerful image in the readers mind, about the appearance of Magwitch. He writes 'growled' which is an animalistic comparison, and makes you think he is wild and violent. The first physical attack the convict does to Pip is when he 'seized' Pip 'by the chin'; he is using this so that Pip will be scared and intimidated by him.

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  21. Great Expectations

    Cunningly this would make them more anxious as to if the poor , lonely Pip would survive the savage attack in the first chapter .Also by leaving cliffhangers such as Who is the man who attacked Pip? Will Pip steal? They as well make the opening chapter more effective and making you want to read on even more. Pip is portrayed as young, childish and na�ve you can tell this because even at the very begging of the novel in the first sentence, his own name was even too complex for his tongue to pronounce, giving him self the nick-name "Pip".

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  22. Great Expectations

    pays for him to be a gentleman. The novel Great expectations tends to reflect the life of Charles Dickens himself and is fairly autobiographical as at a very young age Charles was sent to a blacking factory as his father was deeply in debt due to this Dickens's whole family went to debtors prison. Charles was then sent off to work in a blacking factory to pay off his father's debts. Later on in life after Dickens father was released Charles went back to school and as he grew up he finally became a very famous novelist.

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  23. Pip and Magwitch in the early chapters of Great Expectations

    We are also in introduced to the convict (Magwich) in the early chapters when he rages up to pip and grabs him showing his anger the quote that shows this is "he took me by both arms, tilted me back as far as he could hold me" this show pips fear and anxiety but mainly shows Magwichs power and control, the audience feel scared for pip and are also intimidated by the convict, another quote to present the two is "keep still you young devil or I'll cut your throat!"

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  24. How does Dickens create mood and atmosphere in Great Expectations

    Pip is so upset that he can't talk to anyone; he decided to say his last farewell to his very old friend, the finger post, located at the edge of his village. Pip puts his hand on the finger post and cries out "Good-bye, o my dear, dear friend!" this is personification, as you don't tend to talk to objects. Dickens uses this to show that Pip is in a really bad state. He says his farewells to all of his friends and then he starts the long, tiring journey to London.

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  25. Great Expectations

    Now Pip, a young boy, is living with his sister in the marsh country in southeast England. The novel is his story, told in his words, he gives his perceptions to what he sees and all the characters he interacts with. In the first chapter Pip is a young child and Dickens uses his narration to show the feelings and problems of Pips childhood. On one Christmas Eve, Pip is in the village churchyard, staring at his parents gravestones his imagination and innocence show as he runs his finger up and down surveying the letters on the headstones of the

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