“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens is a 19th century writer which affects his writing and language used within the novel. He has also written many other famous books such as “Oliver Twist”, “The Christmas carols”, and “David Copperfield”. The Dickens family were of middleclass status and had sturdy finances until the father was unable to manage their money efficiently and was briefly sent to Prison. During this time, Charles was also punished for his father’s mistakes. The young Charles was forced to quit school and was sent to work in a ‘warrens blacking factory’ for a few months, earning an unsatisfactory wage which was just enough to ensure his basic survival.

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But the sympathy doesn’t change all that much in chapter 39. When Magwitch comes to see Pip, Pip is back in the place of being a little boy again, and he’s just as scared of him as he was all those years ago, we know this because of what Pip says about Magwitch, “The abhorrence in which I held the man the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast” , this tells us pip is back where he was in chapter 1. But Pip is now a snob who left Joe and his sister and now has nothing to do with either one of them so as readers we also feel sympathy towards Joe, as he brought him up and wasn’t any relation to Pip, and now Pip wouldn’t want anything to do with him. There is a huge difference between the characters Magwitch is in chapter 1 in comparison to the man he is in chapter 39.

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Dickens uses the scene and atmosphere to affect us as readers, using pathetic fallacy to create tension and a build up to the climax of a scene. In chapter 1 and chapter 39 Dickens uses his techniques to create what he wants to create, which is tension and sympathy towards the individuals of his choice. He keeps the reader surprised, as in chapter one Magwitch’s emergence wasn’t expected and his emergence wasn’t expected in chapter 39 either, the way Dickens plays off another story of Miss Havisham being Pips benefactor for him to be worthy to marry Estella keeps the reader off any trail that Magwitch is involved furthermore in the story.

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