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How Does Charles Dickens Create Character And Setting In The Chapter 1 & 8 Of Great Expectations.

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How does Charles Dickens create character and setting in the chapter 1 & 8 of Great Expectations.

Charles Dickens was born into good fortune on the February 7th 1812. At the age of 9 he went to school, but this was shortly ended as his family were sent to work for becoming into bad debt. Charles Dickens wrote many novels and in 1860 at the age of 48 he started his 13th novel ‘Great Expectations’ from then on he became a very popular novelist and in good fortune.

In this essay I am going to write about characters and the setting in chapter 1 & 8 of ‘Great Expectation’

The setting in chapter 1, is a gloomy dark graveyard, where pips family is buried. In the novel the graveyard is describes as a “bleak place overgrown with nettles” this may suggest that nettles sting and are dangerous which reflects the graveyard. The word bleak may suggest that it is an empty depressing place to be. The effect of this quote on the reader makes them think of how scared Pip must be and put a unpleasant image in their head. The word “Overgrown” may suggest that the graveyard is unwelcoming and that nobody cares about it and that it is no-longer part of society. This also reflects to the rest of the novel and how nobody cared about Magwitch and how people left him to grow old, and be lonely.

In the novel the weather is described as “ Wind was rushing” this makes us think that it is a violent, life threatening place to be, and how it also reflects on Magwitch and how he is a violent un-ruly character. Charles Dickens also uses onomatopoeia to give effect on the reader of how horrible the graveyard appears. The effect of this quote on the reader makes them think how the graveyard is a awful unpleasant place to be. The word “Rushing” suggests that it is a fast and violent place, which prepares us for the violent character of Magwitch when he appears.

Magwitch his a convict who gets punished for doing good and helping others. We 1st meet Magwitch in the graveyard. The name Abel Magwitch, represents Abel from the bible, he always does the right thing, this makes us sympathetic because Abel tries to do the right thing too but is still unvalued by society for what he does.

Magwitch appearance in the graveyard was described as a “ A fearful man” and “ All in course grey” This may suggest he is a very scary unpleasant man, you would not like to meet. The would “course” may suggest he has a very dull bland and boring personality, it may suggest that he has a empty or broken heart, and that magwitch too is a hash and rough character who may be violent and dangerous. This leads onto the was magwitch speaks to Pip and how he treats’...

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