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Creation Of Sympathy For Pip In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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Creation of Sympathy for Pip in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
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"Great Expectations" presents us with a picture of a vulnerable child
growing up with unfriendly people and a hostile setting. The use of
the first person enables Dickens to give the reader detailed insights
into the experiences and thoughts of the child and to thus cause the
reader to sympathize with Pips experiences. The first person also
makes Pip the narrator.

In chapter one Dickens describes how Pip goes to see his parents'
graves on a "raw afternoon". This tells us that it was very cold. He
was in a "bleak place overgrown with nettles". This tells us that he
was in a hostile place on his own. Pip was also crying for his parents
"beginning to cry was Pip" this shows us that he was really missing
his parents and was scared, this makes us feel sympathy for Pip
because we realize that he is an orphan and is very alone. Pip was
alone in the isolated churchyard a somber and frightening place. Pip
realized that he is a small vulnerable boy in a huge, dangerous and
isolated place on his own and is terrified. Dickens makes the setting
colossal and dangerous to make Pip feel and look very small to the
reader and himself. In the churchyard Pip is threatened by someone
whom he has never seen before.

"Keep still you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!" (p.2)

Is a threat used to scare Pip. On hearing this threat Pip is
terrified. He has just been crying out of fear, realizing how
vulnerable and isolated he is, when a horrifying-looking person
threatens to kill him for no apparent reason.

Pip does not know if he is going to be allowed to live, and in terror
begs the convict:"Don't cut my throat, sir". This tells us that Pip is
terrified and believes everything that the convict has said.

The convict treats Pip like an animal and commands him "tell us your
name!" Pip is called a "young dog" and is told "what fat cheeks you
ha'got", to intimidate and to make him think he, the convict, would
kill and devour Pip. He is very cruel to Pip; he turns Pip upside down
and empties Pips pockets. This causes us to sympathize with Pip
because he is a poor boy and is being robbed.

Pip is very polite to the convict, when the convict asks Pip "Where's
your mother?" Pip replies "There, sir!" and points at his parents
graves, as soon as Pip does this the convict:

"Makes a short run, and then stops and looks over his shoulder" (p.3)

Pip then explains to the convict that his parents are dead"also
Georgiana" is engraved on the gravestone which Pips mother and father
both share.

This shows us that when Pip had the chance to run he never ran he
chose to explain to the convict about his...

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