“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens


...Start of the “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens ...

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.


...Middle of the “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens ...

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.


...End of the “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens ...

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.


Hire Writer Login and Download 6537 words (16.3 pages)

Did not find what you were looking for?

We will write for you an essay on any given topic for 3 hours

Order now!

Add Your Comment

Related essays

‘Great Expectations’ Comparisons and Contrasts Between Chapters 1 and 39

With a yearning for the education that he didn’t have as a child, Charles worked hard to earn himself a job at a solicitor’s as a clerk. Charles Dickens was born in 1812, and into family overcome with financial difficulty.


2400 words (6 pages)
Two chapters in great expectations Essay

This could be Dickens showing he thinks people should be more respected by the upper class I find the introduction in the first chapter more effective than the second. With Magwitch being the benefactor, I think this could be Dickens putting across another opinion.


947 words (2.4 pages)
Great Expectations – Summary

‘Great Expectations’ was written by Charles Dickens in 1861. In chapter 54, Dickens shows how Pip’s attitude towards Magwitch changes.


3148 words (7.9 pages)
Great Expectations – Comparison of Pip and Magwitch

Money and wealth play a major part in Dickens’ work, possibly because, as a child his father was imprisoned for various debts, forcing the young Charles Dickens into early employment in a blacking warehouse. “Great Expectations,” often reminisces on Dickens’ personal experiences, himself as a child deprived of a sufficient education, similar to Pip;...


2956 words (7.4 pages)
Having read ‘Great expectations’ how effective is the opening chapter

Dickens also explains this through Herbert Pocket, where he says, “No man who was not a true gentlemen at heart, ever was since the world began” this is a very significant quote as it directly enlightens the reader on the message Dickens was trying to present to us from the beginning of the novel. In order to entice the reader to the rest of the nov...


3498 words (8.7 pages)
Great Expectations – Analyse How Dickens Maintains Suspense in Chapter 39

My favourite and tense part of the chapter is when Pip hears the unknown footstep, because Dickens has built up the atmosphere in the previous paragraph, and a unknown footstep keeps me in a tense mood. To do this, at the beginning, Dickens sets the scene with, “It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet”.


1393 words (3.5 pages)
What is the Significance of Chapter one of ‘Great Expectations’ in Relation to the Novel as a Whole?

‘The river was just another horizontal line not nearly so broad or so black, and the sky was just a row of angry red lines and dense black lines intermixed.’ Dickens has employed pathetic fallacy here, comparing the dark, blurred surroundings to Pip’s dark and blurred thoughts about the convict. Dickens’ craft has left the settings reflecting Pip’s ...


3015 words (7.5 pages)
Dickens reveals Essay

This gives us an indication that although Dickens was a Victorian he thought that a gentleman should be like the later Pip and he presents and demonstrates this view by the way he presents Pip’s moral development during the novel in the relations between Pip, Joe, and Magwitch. Dickens again presents the image of Satis house has being torn down to s...


1875 words (4.7 pages)
What is the Significance of Chapter one of ‘Great Expectations’?

In ‘Great Expectations’, his expert use of these authorial techniques allow Dickens to successfully criticise the prison system, the morals of society, and the social injustice of his time, making this novel to be one of the most greatest works of Victorian fiction. The sheer depth of both plot and character in all of Dickens’ novels have a great im...


3854 words (9.6 pages)
Chapter 39 of Great Expectations

Dickens makes Pip is reluctant to invite the man into his home because . Dickens has used repletion on the images and sounds in this chapter, .


1082 words (2.7 pages)
× We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

Login with Social Media