Great Expectation Coursework

The first visit Pip had to Miss Havisham’s house frightens and intimidates him ‘the passage were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning.’ Dickens uses dark imagery to show a bit of clue to the audience the kind of person Miss Havisham is and it emphasises the dark side of Miss Havisham. This makes Pip scared because this is because this is different to where he came from, the house was huge. This shows how different his life is compared to Miss Havisham and Estella and how mysterious the house seems to him and us.

Dickens creates a frightening atmosphere by describing the house in a really sinister way, ‘grass was growing in every crevice.’ Dickens has portrayed the house as being uncared for because it tells and shows us that Miss Havisham hasn’t cared for herself so if she can’t do that, she obviously won’t care for her house. It shows how mysterious scary and Miss Havisham is. Dickens describes Pip as ‘half afraid’ towards Miss Havisham and the house. This shows how the reader understands his trepidation.

Pip’s social background is much lower compared to Miss Havisham and Estella, his mum and dad are dead, and he lives with his sister and her husband Joe, who is a blacksmith. His sister is worried and afraid Pip will follow in the footstep of her husband and wants him to achieve ‘great expectations’. Pip comes from a poor and low status background, so seeing a house like Miss Havisham’s has different feelings, he feels amazed but at the same time worried. ‘This was very uncomfortable, and I was half afraid.’

Estella treats Pip in a very controlling and rude way. She makes him feel useless and shows him how lower class he is compared to her. She treats him like a dog, always controlling what he does and always saying stuff about how he looks. ‘He is a common labouring boy, and what coarse hand he has.’ This makes Pip start to see who he really is and he begins to worry about how he looks, because before he didn’t really consider himself inferior. Pip also tried to be nice to Estella but every time he tried she never seemed to care or notice. ‘After you miss’ to this she returned ‘don’t be ridiculous boy, I am not going in.’ This is done by Dickens to tell the audience that throughout the novel Pip will go through some adventure and Estella treatment towards him was one of them. It was the beginning.

The house would really intimidate Pip because the Satis House compared to his house is like a palace ‘the great front entrance had two chains across it outside.’ Also all of the riches he sees ‘jewels sparkled on her neck.’ This shows a different side of Pip because of his reaction and also to describe what exactly was inside the house and to describe the opposite of Pip’s life. The entrance to the house was mysteriously dark. Pip has also never seen such wealth before, so his expectations changes after his first visit. He becomes ashamed of himself, his background and Joe.

When Pip first sees Miss Havisham, his reactions are stunned and shocked. Dickens also writes that he feels Miss Havisham is ‘the strangest lady, he has or will ever see.’ The impression given to the reader is that he is scared and full of anticipation. This shows how odd the house is and how Miss Havisham is a contrast to Pip’s life. When Miss Havisham speaks to Pip, she asks him lots of strange questions which makes her seem impatient ‘call Estella, she repeated, flashing a look at me. You can do that, call Estella at the door.’ She speaks to him like he is a servant, always giving him instructions like she owns him or has power over him. ‘Call Estella, you can do that.’ She also moves her hand around a lot, which makes her appear really arrogant and bossy. ‘With an impatient movement of the fingers of her right hand.’

Pip felt very nervous and anxious before he entered Miss Havisham’s room. Dickens describes him as being ‘half afraid’ and he is scared of the dark. Dickens also presents Pip as being very small and scared. This is to emphasise the strangeness of the house and how Pip is out of place.

Dickens uses imagery to describe Miss Havisham as dying or dead, he also describes her as a skeleton, ‘had shrunk to skin and bone.’ The symbolism used is of a dead person. ‘Skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me.’ Dickens has done this to make the reader shocked because he wants us to feel disgusted and disturbed, and also to infer that she is half dead because of her emotional state.

The effect of Miss Havisham’s treatment on Pip is that he starts to notice who he really is ‘I began to consider them a very different pair, her contempt for me was so strong, that it become infectious and I caught it.’ He also begins to feel ashamed of his social life and he sees the differences between himself and Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham also becomes bossy towards Pip and starts to control him using imperatives ‘play, play, play!’ This would make Pip feel useless, insulted and ashamed of his family and probably wished he had a higher status like Miss Havisham and Estella.

Estella’s treatment towards Pip would affect him by making him feel depressed and make him think that Estella has power over him. Pip feels very strange towards Estella. He is in love with her but she doesn’t seem to care. She talks to him like a 5 year old boy. ‘Don’t be ridiculous boy.’ This will make Pip feel like he is the servant while Estella is the master. Estella tries really hard to put Pip down and it usually works. ‘Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious and I caught it.’ It was like Estella had a disease and that has been given to Pip. She also calls him names ‘a stupid, clumsy, labouring boy.’ At this point of the story, I think Pip feels ashamed of his family especially Joe. To Pip, Estella was his angel of light, his star. ‘Her light came along the dark passage like a star.’ So without Estella, Pip can’t see, he’s nothing. However, like a star, Estella is cold, hard and out of reach.

In the story each of the characters are controlled by one and another. Miss Havisham controls Estella and Estella controls Pip. She wants to get revenge on a male because of what happened with her ex. So she’s using Estella to get revenge ‘well? You can break his heart.’ Estella is controlling Pip because of Miss Havisham also because she is ‘self – possessed’ and too full of herself. Pip is a pawn in their little games.

The immediate effects on Pip of his first visit are that he begins to see the differences between himself, Estella and Miss Havisham. ‘I took the opportunity of being alone in the court – yard to look at my coarse hands and my common boots.’ He believes what he has been told by Estella and starts to call himself he exact words. He begins to believe he really is not worth it.

This has a long term effects in the novel because he becomes a complete different character who looks down at other people, just like Estella and Miss Havisham. Dickens did this to tell the reader that money can change people’s character and no matter how much you have there is still a place in your heart that remembers who you were before.

The long term effect on Pip of his first visit, are that he starts to become ashamed of his family especially Joe. ‘I wished Joe had been rather more genteelly brought up, and then I should have been so too.’ He also starts to hope that he doesn’t end up as a blacksmith like Joe. As the time goes on he becomes a snob. Dickens is showing the negative effects of money/elevation in status.

The Satis House is like the opposite of Pip’s life. He lives in a small house and the Satis House is like a palace, compared to his. It can be seen as a symbol for changing Pip’s personality, background and his heart. Also it changes his behaviour from being nice, to becoming a rude boy and full of himself, just like Estella.

Pip’s visit to the house, is very important because throughout is childhood he had never really had much fun and also his family hope that he can gain an higher status by going to the Satis House. But for his sister she’s hoping by Pip going there he may become wealthy one day and they/she would have a better life. So everything Miss Havisham instructs him to do, he has to obey her ‘with the fear of my sister’s working me before my eyes, I had a desperate idea of starting round the room in the assumed character of Mr Pumblechook’s chaise – cart.’

In the novel Dickens is trying to say that no matter how wealthy you are or how nice you are money can change people. He is trying to tell us that the low social class people (Pip’s family) were provoked by the amount of wealth they saw, and that intimidated them to want to be rich and rise in status.

The reader’s opinion of the effect of Satis House on Pip’s future, is that if he didn’t go to the house, he would be a different character, a different person. So it’s the sister’s fault for most of the way Pip has changed, but also Miss Havisham and Estella’s fault because if he didn’t meet them, he wouldn’t be rude or have knew about so much wealth. He would be happy the way he was.

The whole of the novel hinges that Pip will obviously become a snob and that Pip and Estella might not really get together at first but anything could happen after that.

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Havisham’s appearance

This extract is again, informing about the characters. Pip is similarly portrayed as obedient and impressionable, however the reader learns that Pip is impressed by money and wealth and aspires to be rich, “pretty large room; prominent draped table; fine lady’s dressing table”. Pip, although he is observant, especially in this extract, he doesn’t wish to offend and he conceals his initial reaction to, “shout out”. His reaction and astonishment to the expensive things suggests to the reader that Pip is a lot poorer than Miss Havisham and he is most likely classed as lower class.

Dickens describes Miss Havisham in great detail. She is heartbroken, this is apparent when she tells Pip hat her heart is broken. The neglect in the room reflects Miss Havisham’s emotions, the state of the room symbolises what once was and shows when Miss Havisham gave up and, “her life stopped”. The curtains drawn, reflects her separation from the world and her lack of will to live. Dickens illustrates the contrast between Pip and Miss Havisham very carefully. He describes Miss Havisham’s appearance in great detail, and is particularly detailed when writing about how Pip would react and view this character.

This makes the reader feel sorry for Pip, because although Miss Havisham and her belongings are in a sorry scene of neglect and decay, he still aspires to be like her, and this makes the reader think about how poor he must be. The language used contributes to the idea of neglect and decay, “withered; lost it’s lustre; ghastly waxwork; pale decayed objects”. A very vivid impression is given, to the reader, about the convict and the landscape. Firstly, the reader knows nothing about the convict yet, it is immediately assumed that he is an unpleasant person and a wrongdoer.

The landscape is dull, unwelcoming and doesn’t put anyone at ease, “I wish I was a frog. Or an eel! ” The reader feels sorry for Pip because he is frightened of the convict, but although Pip is scared, he just sees the convict as a frightening man and accepts him as he is. The impression given, to the reader, of Miss Havisham, is different to that of the convict, yet it is similarly peculiar. This time Miss Havisham has been mentioned earlier in the book, so the reader knows more about her.

However the reader does not know why she is broken-hearted and seems to have given up living, but the description and detail of Dickens’ writing gives many clues. She is half-dressed in what appears to be an old but luxurious bridal gown; she has bridal flowers in her hair; the room is rather neglected and all of the clocks appear to have stopped at exactly the same time. The reader can piece the clues together to make a connection that she was getting ready for her wedding, when she was jilted at twenty minutes to nine. There are many similarities to Pip’s reaction to both characters. He’s polite to both and he wants to help them.

He is also frightened of the two characters and he sees them both through the eyes of  and very impressionable child. Despite the vast mix of emotions he must have felt, he keeps them to himself, throughout both encounters. There are also many differences in Pip’s reaction to the characters. He is unaware and startled when he first meets the convict, although in Miss Havisham’s case he has time to think about it and prepare himself. When Pip encounters Miss Havisham, someone else is with him. Whereas when he comes across the convict, there is only the threat of someone worse being there, otherwise he is alone.

The obvious difference, though, is wealth. Miss Havisham is obviously very rich however Pip, and the reader, both assume that the convict is very poor and Pip takes pity on him. When Pip is offered “great expectations” he assumes that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, because he has always wanted to be like her, and he knows she is wealthy. He is happy to accept money off somebody he knows to be rich and he believes that Miss Havisham has given him the money so that he can be equal to Estella because he has fallen in love with her.

When Pip discovers that it is actually the convict that is his benefactor, he is unhappy because he hadn’t given the convict much thought. He had assumed that he must be bad and poor, however Pip begins to understand and he helps the convict. He is angry at Miss Havisham for allowing him to believe that she was his benefactor. Overall, Dickens is trying to highlight the incorrect assumptions people make about wealth, and how in his time people thought poor people were bad and rich people good, which has never been the case.

The moral of this story is that we should look at the whole person and not make assumptions because of the situations people are in. Basically; you can’t judge a book by it’s cover! I personally enjoyed the book and I particularly like the description Dickens uses and was intrigued at how the language used, can influence the reader to feel in a particular way. I did however sometimes find that the long sentences made it less readable, and sometimes the language was difficult to follow. But, it has to be understood that this was written about one hundred and fifty years ago!

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Magwitch protects

When Magwitch and Pip first met, Magwitch told Pip to retrieve him food and a file so that he could take off the manacles that he was wearing around his legs. After the completion of the first chapter, the reader then discovers that Pip retrieves the items that Magwitch requested from him and that he leaves Magwitch with food and the proper use of his legs. However, Pip then discovers that the officers of the ship where Magwitch was held prisoner are looking for him and when Pip and Joe (Pip’s uncle, married to Pip’s sister) join the search for the escaped prisoner, Pip then witnesses the arrest of Magwitch on Christmas Day.

However when caught by the officers, Magwitch is found with the items that Pip had brought for him and the officers interrogate Pip. However Magwitch protects Pip by telling the officers that he had nothing to do with the help of his escape, and this then shows Pip that Magwitch is grateful for what Pip has done for him. This shows the reader, that Magwitch will never forget what Pip has done for him and that he will be truly thankful and will hopefully repay him someday for his kindness.

Pip’s life then changes, as Miss Havisham, an old lady who has never got over the day that she was jolted at the altar, orders Pip to come and play with her adopted daughter Estella, who she has taught to break men’s hearts so that Miss Havisham can seek revenge on the opposite sex. But Pip falls in love with Estella and follows wherever she goes until she leaves for France to be properly educated. Pip then grows up and learns to be Joe’s apprentice as a blacksmith, but then Pip’s fortune takes a turn for the better and he comes to have ‘Great Expectations.

‘ These great expectations allow Pip to continue his life in London and he can become a gentleman and this is all due to the large amount of money that Pip has received. However, Pip does not realise who the true donator of the money is and suspects that it is Miss Havisham who is supplying Pip with the good fortune, as Miss Havisham uses the solicitor who is looking after Pip’s investments and he also believes that Miss Havisham is helping Pip to become a gentleman so that he can eventually marry Estella. Because of Pip’s good fortune, he moves to London where he is educated in the most high society way by his friend Mr Pocket.

Together they spend Pip’s money on posh high society parties, however Pip does still not know whom the supplier and kind donator of his money is and does not find out until his second meeting with Magwitch. Pip and Magwitch’s second meeting takes place in chapter 39 and within the first paragraph its shows the reader how the style of how the story is told is similar and also the first paragraph updates the audience with Pip’s own personal circumstances, the fact that he is now a gentlemen and lives in London with Mr Pocket.

Throughout this chapter, Dicken’s continuously makes similarities in settings and emotions with are incredibly similar to that of chapter 1. As mentioned above the opening paragraph of chapter 39 is similar to that of chapter 1 as it introduces the character of Pip. Although the character has changed, the audience is still made aware of who he is and what he is now doing. Dicken’s then uses Pip state of mind, his loneliness, as though he is again the little boy who the reader first met in the graveyard. “I was alone, and had a dull sense of being alone.

” This quote conveys to the audience that although Pip has now grown up and has become a gentleman, he is still the same little boy as he always was. However, although Pip’s loneliness is conveyed in both chapters, there is one thing that separates them and this is that Pip is no longer along. “I sadly missed the cheerful face and ready response of my friend. ” This shows the reader that the chapters are not alike as Pip is no longer along by living in London with his friend Mr Herbert Pocket. Before the meeting of Magwitch and Pip takes place the setting which Dicken’s describes is similar to that of chapter 1.

“In the teeth of such a wind. ” This description of the wind does not only give it personification, but also makes similarities to the wild savage lair and the wild beast which was in the marshes found in chapter, as though the wild beast is the stranger who is waiting outside of Pip’s house. When Pip and Magwitch then meet the clothing that Magwitch wears is nearly identical to what he was wearing in chapter 1, and although Pip is still unable to recognise whom the man is, the reader is made aware instantaneously who the man is.

” I made out that he was substantially dressed, but roughly; like a voyager by sea. ” This shows the reader that, because of Pip’s new view on life as a gentleman, even though Pip might recognise Magwitch by his appearance, Pip would still not want to know who he was by the clothes that he was wearing. However when Pip and Magwitch first talk to each other, even though Pip is still unaware of whom he is the way in which Magwitch addresses Pip shows a contrast compared to chapter 1. ” I wish to come in, Master.

” The word master is the contrast as throughout nearly the entire speech between Pip and Magwitch in chapter 1, Pip always refers to Magwitch as the master and the superior person. Whereas now, Magwitch refers to Pip as the master. This role reversal shows the reader how Magwitch has still got the respect for Pip after what Pip did for him when he was escaping from the hulks. Continuously throughout the conversation between Pip and Magwitch is Pip unable to recognise Magwitch for who he is. Even when the characteristics of Magwitch are shown once again Pip is still unable to recognise him.

“Looking over his shoulder. ” This reaction shown by Magwitch is similar to that of chapter 1, as in chapter 1 Magwitch becomes uneasy when realising that Pip might not be alone and this is exactly the reaction and the reason why Magwitch repeats this motion. These similarities used by Dicken’s makes the sense of uneasiness to the reader even more traumatic and give the reader the constant felling of suspense. Throughout the entire 39th chapter of Great Expectations, Dicken’s constantly demonstrates a large use of description for which he uses to describe the weather.

This description corresponds with the feelings of Pip and sets the scene for Pip and Magwitch’s second meeting. The first referral to the weather starts when Pip begins to fell lonely. “It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets. ” This referral to the weather uses many different language skills and techniques The words, ‘wretched weather’ are a alliterative metaphor, this means that these words use both alliteration with the repeat of the w but also describes the weather as wretched, which is a metaphor.

Dickens then uses repetition of the words “stormy and wet,” this use of repetition is extremely effective, as it emphases the bad weather which is happening. Repetition is then used again but this also with the extra use of alliteration. “Mud, mud, mud. ” Dicken’s then uses a very effective metaphor. “Day after day, a vast heavy veil. ” This quote gives the reader the impression that the bad weather has just continuously gone on and on but also the metaphor of ‘a vast heavy veil’ creates the sense of atmosphere and suspense for the reader.

Another metaphor is then used to emphasis the continues bad weather as though it had continued for a ‘eternity. ‘ Dicken’s then uses complex sentences to heighten the suspense for the reader. ” So furious had been the gusts … death. ” This quote uses personification to describe the weather and the final clause of Dicken’s complex sentences always contains the main clause of the sentence, which then consequently helps create suspense by the prediction within this complex sentence that someone is coming by the way of sea and that they will bring bad news.

Dicken’s then describes the weather as being so intense that it sounds as though there is a war going on, “like discharges of a canon, or breakings of a sea. ” This quote shows the reader the intensity of the weather, but also acts as an invisible fear for Pip as he closes his eyes as though he is afraid of the weather. All of these descriptions of the weather by the use of metaphors, similes, alliteration and personification add suspense to the scene and they also heighten the tension and dramatic effect within the chapter.

The weather descriptions used by Dicken’s allows the reader to make some similarities between chapter 1 and chapter 39. The howling wind and spooky atmosphere, which is described, is similar to chapter 1 as although it is set in a graveyard rather than a house the atmosphere deigned by the bad and spooky weather still creates the same effect on the reader. The tension of the scene then heightens as the setting between Pip and Magwitch draw ever closer. The tension begins when the clock’s of London strike 11 o’ clock. “Struck that hour.

” This striking of the clocks emphasises to the reader that it is the fatal hour and that the time has come for Pip’s past to come back and haunt him. The weather the distraught the sound of the clock’s which gives the setting a ghostly atmosphere. However, Pip then hears the sound of a footstep outside on the stair and thinks that it is the ghost of his dead sister come back to haunt him. “Awfully connect it with the footstep of my dead sister. ” This quote then makes Pip extremely nervous and frightened, and then it brings back the terrible and painful memories of his sister.

The use of a sentence is then used to heighten the tension within the chapter. “For all was quiet. ” This tension created by Dicken’s is similar to that of the tension created in chapter 1. This is because when Pip and Magwitch first meet, all is quiet while Pip is visiting his dead family’s graves, when suddenly Magwitch surprises Pip by shouting at him. This is the same scenario here, however this time Pip is frightened not by a voice but by the sound of a footstep. When Magwitch and Pip first communicate for the second time in twenty years, it is as though Magwitch is a metaphor for the devil, who is talking to Pip from hell.

“Said a voice from the darkness beneath. ” This shows that Pip is incredibly afraid of whatever is talking to him and with the combination of the terrifying weather and this strange figure appearing a t the bottom of the stairwell, no one can blame Pip for being terrified. This quote shows similarity to chapter 1, as in chapter 1 Magwitch appears as though he is rising form the graves of the dead, and now in chapter 39, it is as though Magwitch is rising form hell. However when Magwitch talks again to Pip, Pip is terrified with the information that he knows.

“The top. Mr Pip. ” This quote makes Pip uneasy, as although Pip does still not recognise the voice of the stranger, it is made obvious to Pip that the stranger knows his. Because of Pip’s anxiousness and the fact that he is still unaware of whom the stranger is, Pip makes a false conclusion that the stranger is trouble. “There is nothing the matter? ” This shows that because of Pip’s new gentleman qualities and the fact that he is now used to high-class society, Pip immediately comes to the conclusion that the stranger is form low society.

However Pip remembers his gentleman like qualities and asks the stranger into his flat, but as he does so, Pip is made uneasy by the expression shown on the strangers face. “With an incomprehensible air of being touched and pleased by the sight of me. ” This makes the reader sympathetic towards Magwitch, as they are aware that it is he who has made Pip into a gentleman and therefore he should be happy, whereas Pip does not know who this stranger is so is therefore unnerved by the expression shown on Magwitch’s face.

Pip then refers to Magwitch’s clothes but even though they share the same appearance as when they first met, Pip does still not recognise whom the man he has invited into his home is. Magwitch’s behaviour then continues to differ to that of chapter. “That he was holding out both his hands to me. ” This shows that although it has been a long time, Magwitch greets Pip as though he is a long lost friend. This is a contrast to chapter 1, as in chapter 1 Magwitch scares Pip when first meeting him rather than greeting him with open arms.

Throughout the entire chapter, Magwitch’s character uses many contrasts to chapter 1. “Master. ” This shows that the tables has turned, and that Magwitch now considers Pip as the master as in chapter 1, it was Pip who regarded Magwitch as the master as he had all of the power. Pip then uses repetition to show how he is now the master over Magwitch. “I resented. ” This shows that Pip does not want to talk to Magwitch because of his social background, and this therefore shows Pip as being a somewhat snob figure.

Once invited into Pip’s flat, Magwitch again has a strange expression upon his face. ” An air of wondering pleasure, as if he had some part in the things he admired. ” This quote again shoes the reader how Magwitch is pleased with himself for helping to create a young man such as Pip and because Magwitch still knows that Pip doesn’t know who he is, this makes the realisation of Pip more stark and shocking when he actually finds out. Magwitch then asks Pip for a moment of his time so that he can talk to him, but becomes upset although not showing it, as Pip still does not recognise who he is.

Magwitch then reacts action, which is extremely similar to chapter 1. ” Looking over his shoulder. ” This action is similar to chapter 1, as when Magwitch thinks that Pip’s mother is when him, he becomes apprehensive and does not like the fact that they are maybe not alone. This is the same case in chapter 39, as because Magwitch doesn’t know if he and Pip are alone, he starts to become apprehensive. Magwitch then continues to try and break the ice between Pip and himself even though Pip does not know whom he is.

” You’re a game one. ” This shows the reader that Magwitch admires Pip’s spirit for being a strong and polite gentleman. The moment then comes, when Pip finally realises that the stranger who he has invited into his flat and who is now standing in front of him is Magwitch. “For I know him! ” The use of this exclamation mark emphasis the reconciliation by Pip, and because he know remembers that the stranger is Magwitch all of his memories come flooding back to him of their first meeting in the graveyard.

However Pip’s reaction is not the reaction that Magwitch was hoping for. “Keep off! … died away on my tongue. ” This quote shows that Pip is distraught with the sudden remembrance of Magwitch and because of this Pip becomes extremely upset and acts violently towards Magwitch and physically pushes him away. This is a make Pip unnerved by Magwitch as he is constantly staring at Pip for a reaction. This is similar to chapter 1, as Pip begins to fear Magwitch’s stare just like he did when he was a younger boy and Magwitch was pushing him over the tombstone.

However, when the full story of how Magwitch was the supplier of Pip’s money comes out into the open, Pip is disgusted and acts as though he cannot breath. “All the truth of my position came flashing on me: and its disappointments, dangers, disgraces, consequences of all kinds. ” This quote uses both alliteration with the repetition on the, but also the pattern of three as Dicken’s uses three different adjectives to describe how Pip is feeling. This quote shows that Pip is overcome with emotion and he begins to find it hard to breath.

The reaction form Pip when finding out that Magwitch is the reason for his new life is bad, as all, of Pip’s memories from when he was a child come flooding back to haunt him, and they are so horrific that Pip wants Magwitch out of his life forever. However although Pip takes the news that Magwitch is his supplier of cash, Magwitch finds the telling of the news a great pleasure as he is finally able to repay Pip for his kindness. ” You acted noble, my boy.

” This shows the reader that Magwitch has never forgotten what Pip did for him when he ran away from the prison ships, and that he is entirely grateful for the rest of his life. Magwitch then goes on to tell Pip of how he was able to make his fortune and how he now lives. “I hope to hear you say so, my dear boy. ” By the use of ‘ my dear boy’, this makes the reader aware that Magwitch now considers Pip as though he is his son as he has helped him so much. This is quite disturbing for Pip, as he does not want to know this man.

However when Pip comes to repay the first small amount of money that Magwitch first sent him, two pound notes, Magwitch just burns them and tells Pip he has nothing to repay. But when Magwitch tells Pip to how he came about finding where he was living, Pip starts to become uneasy, but then the reader is made aware that because Magwitch regards Pip as being noble, the reader is made aware that Magwitch has metaphorically used Pip to get where he wants to being society and this is also a contrast, as it acts as a simile, as Magwitch uses Pip alike Miss Havisham uses Estella to break men’s hearts.

All of these quotes show how Magwitch has pride and pleasure in seeing Pip as a young gentleman, and that he is over the moon that Pip has finally recognised him. After looking at both of the characters reactions on the news that Magwitch is the supplier and the provider of Pip’s money and new quality of life, I have come to the conclusion that the more noble character of this reaction is Magwitch. I believe that Magwitch is the more noble character because all he has done is looked after Pip and made sure that Pip had a life that he deserved after helping Magwitch with the escape from the prison ships.

Throughout the chapter, Magwitch shows only compassion towards Pip and treats him with the up most respect, but Pip throws this back in his face and treats Magwitch as though he owes him nothing. This makes Pip the less noble character, as even though he is now a gentleman and that he should behave in the appropriate manner Pip’s behaviour is outrageous and he did not even thank Magwitch for the work that he has done to bring Pip to what he is.

This therefore makes Magwitch the mote noble character as all he has done, is supply Pip with money to make himself a gentleman and Pip has just thrown it back in his face. After comparing both chapters, I believe that the trauma that Pip faces in both is greater in chapter 1. I believe this, as Pip was a young boy and what appeared top be a strange evil man who was a convict asked for his help and he gave it to him. This experience would have been terrifying for a young boy and the experience would have left him emotionally scared for the rest of his life.

This is shown in the case of Pip, as Pip had pushed his and Magwitch’s first meeting to the back on o his mind where other painful memories like the death of his family and his evil sisters were stored. Whereas in the second meeting of Magwitch and Pip, Pip reacts very badly to the news that Magwitch is the provider of his great expectations and the only trauma cause, is that of the old memories stored in the back of his mind being re – opened. Within both chapters 1 and 39, Dicken’s continuously uses his effective writing technique and use of suspense to create a dramatic and amazing effect.

For this suspense, Dicken’s continuously uses metaphors, alliteration, personification, patterns of three, similes and many more writing techniques to create the correct atmosphere for the reader when reading Great Expectations. In chapter 1, Dickens use of creative style and imagery creates the perfect atmosphere and setting for chapter 1, especially with the uneasiness that Pip feels when being confronted by Magwitch. In chapter 2, Dicken’s use a creative use of description especially on the weather.

Within this chapter, Dicken’s is constantly commenting on the weather with the use of personification and other writing skills and this helps enormously create the sense of suspense and mystery for chapter 39 before and during the meeting between Magwitch and Pip. All in all, in chapters, Dicken’s writing style and language uses create an amazing sense of achievement and bewilderment to the audience, thus increasing the suspense and tension with the meetings between Magwitch and Pip.

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Havisham She Wanted Revenge

The opening line portrays the order of events. “Beloved sweetheart bastard. ” The man she describes was someone special but soon became someone she hated. She has longed for revenge as the reader is told, “Not a day since then I haven’t wished for him dead. ” The words “prayed” also tie in with this […]

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