Relationship between Pip and Magwitch in great Expectaions

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Charlie Medlin 10MR

An exploration of the relationship between Pip and Magwitch in Great Expectations

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. Dickens was sent to school at the age of seven, this proved fairly pointless as Dickens’ father, John Dickens, soon fell into debt and was put into prison, the rest of the Dickens family, due to finances were forced to join their father in prison, although Charles was made to work . So at the age of 12 Dickens was forced to work in a blacking factory. It was here that Dickens experienced loneliness for the first time in his life; working in the factory and living without his family proved influential in his career as Dickens became a very self-reliant and dedicated worker, Dickens carried this way of working into his writing career. After 6 months at the Blacking factory, Dickens was able to go back to school. He grew up to become a journalist, this is where he met his future wife Catherine Hogarth. Dickens took his skills as a highly acclaimed journalist and became a novelist, publishing his first novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’ which were released in monthly instalments from March 1836 to November 1837. Everyone can relate to Dickens’ novels as he uses a huge variety of characters, all from different backgrounds and places in society. The poverty that Pip lived through and the wealth of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations meant everyone could read and relate to Dickens’ work. Charles Dickens wrote mainly for the fame and wealth being an author brings.

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In Great Expectations Dickens uses a variety of writing techniques, he commonly uses repetition. Dickens repeats words in his description of Pip and the scenery to emphasize the bleakness of the scenery and the vulnerability of Pip. “Dead and buried” is repeated whilst Pip is in the graveyard; by repeating this the reader understands that Pip realises that he is isolated in the world and everyone that was once close to him or cared for him, is now dead. When in London, whilst describing the streets the word ‘mud’ is repeated over and over. This is done to emphasize ...

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