Tension And Fear In Great Expectations

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Discuss how Dickens creates tension and fear in the early chapters of
Great Expectations.

There is a lot of tension and fear created by Charles Dickens
throughout the early Chapters of Great Expectations.

In Chapter 1 tension is started off when Philip known as Pip hadn’t
seen his parents of any kind, Charles Dickens stated that in 1960 -
1961 they never had photographs of any kind, therefore Pip didn’t even
know what his parents looked like.

Pip was able to see his parent’s tombstones; the shape of the letters
on his father’s grave gave him an odd feeling that his father was a
square, stout, dark man with curly black hair. He saw his mother in
his imagination as a freckled and sickly lady, remember the only site
of his parents he had was his imagination. Pip had an older sister who
acted very much like a mother, her name was Mrs Joe Gargery and she
was married too a blacksmith Mr Joe Gargery. There was a churchyard
which was overgrown with nettles. That’s the place where his family
were buried as so other people too. The wind was rushing, so was the
sea, small bundles of shivers growing afraid of it and Pip the young
boy was beginning to cry. Pip was a young boy, he must have been
scared, fear was building inside him and tension was creeping in. Pip
the young boy heard a voice “keep still, you little devil, or ill cut
your throat!” The voice Pip heard scared the living daylights out of
him. The voice certainly created tension as Pip was scared for his
life, he had a great amount of fear at that point in time and his
blood was rushing through his body. Pip pleaded for his life, what
else could he do, he’s only about 10 years old and his life is at
threat at such a young age, anyone at that age would be scared, even
people older. Pip said “Oh! Don’t cut my throat, sir,” he was scared
of death. He could have thought his life was at a great amount of
danger. The man asked Pip “Where do you live” Pip answered down there,
he pointed out were he lived, he was scared, he was not only scared of
his life now but his sisters too. The man turned Pip upside down and
took all of Pips belongings; he never had much as he was not at all
wealthy. Tension is created by people’s lives being at threat. Pip is
frightened; fear definitely is rising rapidly as well as tension.

Tension is built up rapidly in the early chapters as life is at stake.
The man was asking him all sorts of questions and Pip new if he
answered incorrectly he was in for trouble. He was with a greater
sense of helplessness and danger. The man told Pip that he wants a
File and wittles in the early morning. “You bring them both to me” he
tilted me again “Or I’ll have your heart and liver out” he tilted me
again. It is unbelievable what is going through his mind rite now as
he must be scared of dying. Fear is at a peak point and tension is
rising rapidly sentence by sentence. He is frightened for his life in
a very weak manner. He is being...

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