Great expectations is a novel concerned with like many of Dickens novels, class, social status and the readers own stereotypes.
Dickens was born in 1812 and, as a famous playwright and actor wrote hundreds of novels and plays including, a Christmas carol, no name, the old curiosity shop and pick wick papers. He often wrote about things such as: poor laws, being separated from your family, orphans, thieves, pick-pocketing and other sad, depressing things. He began life as the youngest child out of 7 and was very sickly, often refusing to go outside and play, preferring to choose to watch plays and reading a great many books.
The story follows young Pip from living in poverty with his sister, a Mrs. Joe Gargery, to becoming a gentleman, using the money of a secret beneficiary. It was written in 1860-61 and is based on many of the things that happened in and around London, which was the home of Dickens for most of his life.
Dickens used color, senses and feelings to describe the marsh, which is the setting of the beginning of the story. The colors he uses are dark and dismal shades like black, for example, he lingers on the dark, bleak, blackness of the marsh” the dark, flat wilderness behind the church" and " a row of angry, red lines and dense black lines intermixed".
He also uses senses to help create an atmosphere. Pip can see "20 miles of sea" and "a bleak place overgrown with nettles" which, because it is so descriptive makes the setting very effective. Also words like "raw, wilderness and savage" suggest this place is uncared for or in disrepair and that Pip is the only one who is there and knows it there. It also gives the impression that all the other people in the parish have forgotten about the deceased, except for Pip which may suggest he’s dwelling in the past.
He uses the description "dark, flat wilderness”, which comments on the darkness, which possibly mirrors Dickens feelings about living in an dark era, which he reflects in Pips life, as all his parents and siblings have died and he seems quite lonely and childlike at the same time as being impossibly philosophical, not unlike a well-educated adult of the time. Also the words “dark, flat wilderness” make the reader think the marshland is untamed which is an appropriate place for an animal or convict.
A lot of Pips feelings Dickens writes about, show the reader how vulnerable and lonely he is. The sentences describing his family "I drew the childish conclusion my mother was freckled and sickly" show that he often indulges in day dreaming, which imply that he is a lonely child, seeking comfort in dreams and fantasies possibly because he has nobody else to turn or talk to, with his siblings and parents dead. The fact his family are dead might be why he appears lonely and self pitying. He repeatedly makes references to the supernatural and death, which implies that he thinks about his deceased family a lot and that he links them with his...