The Relationship Between Pip and Abel Magwitch in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations In this essay, I am to observe the changes in the relationship between
Pip and the convict Abel Magwitch in chapters 1 and 39 by examining
aspects such as the settings around the two characters and their
I intend to focus on areas and themes such as the weather and how that
ties in with the relationship and actions of the two characters. I
will investigate how Dickens enhances the changes and similarities
between the chapters by analysing their reactions towards one another
and how that changes in both chapters.
The title of the novel is significant when considering the changes
that occur for Pip and the convict because it could reflect the
expectations that certain people have for him such as Miss. Havisham.
We may think this because we see that Miss Havisham pays a lot of
attention to Pip at the start of the play which leads him to believe
later in the play that she is the mysterious benefactor. It could also
reflect everyones expectations towards Pip so the expectations may not
be great but all of them together in a sense are great.
The expectations may be those Abel Magwitch as later in the play we
learn that he is the mysterious benefactor so he would have been
wondering how Pip is doing with the money he has given him and would
have expected him to go far. Another theory is that the expectations
are for the convict himself as after his trial he is deported to New
South Wales in Australia which is a renowned spot for criminals so it
could be the expectations that people have for him to straighten
himself out if you will.
The settings in the two chapters are similar at the start as the
weather is terrible and gives you a sense of sadness and loneliness.
"Dark flat wilderness" and "Stormy and wet, stormy and wet" are both
very unwelcoming and lonely scenes and this appears to be the case at
the start of both chapter 1 and chapter 39. Chapter 1 is when Pip is a
child so the weather would have had a big effect on him as he may have
been more scared as he is a child.
"Bundle of shivers" is what Dickens describes Pip as at the start
which ties in well with the weather at the start of the chapter.
Whereas in chapter 39 Pip is in his house in London but the weather
seems to be slightly worse and the weather can still be heard howling
away outside so the loneliness that Pip feels could heighten his fear
when the convict visits him and could remind him of the first day they
met when he...