This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Vivid Images Of Character And Place In The Opening Chapter To Dickens' Great Expectations

1376 words - 6 pages

Vivid Images of Character and Place in the Opening Chapter To Dickens' Great Expectations

The opening chapter to Great Expectations introduces Pip who is the
main protagonist in the story. He is an orphan and lives with his
sister Mrs Joe Gargery and her husband who is a blacksmith. The story
is set in the graveyard in the time of the Industrial Revolution. In
the opening chapter we also see Pip being introduced to a convict who
is very poor but very rude to the child. The convict threatens Pip and
warns him that if he does not get any food for him, he will be in
serious trouble.

In the opening chapter we see Charles Dickens (the author) use a range
of different language techniques that builds the readers minds about
the character and the setting of the story. He uses metaphors and
describing words as well as the 1st person view from Pip.

The first paragraph tells the readers that the main protagonist tells
the story. Pip talks about his images of the family and his views when
he sees them in their tombstones. Charles Dickens make the readers
feel sorry for Pip through his view on them.

' My first fancies regarding what they were like were unreasonably
derived from their tombstones.'

This quote shows that Pip can only remember his family through death
and his childhood life was very sad.

Dickens also uses an important metaphor in the same paragraph that
also reflects on the sad childhood that Pip had.

'To five little stone lozenges each about one and a half foot long'.

This quote causes the readers to feel more sympathised for Pip. This
quote also links to the graveyard where the story is set.

Before Pip meets the convict we see how Dickens creates the atmosphere
and the setting. He uses short sentences as well as alliteration and
metaphors. This makes the readers feel more interested about the
story.

'And that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the
distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing.'

This quote shows the readers can build an image of what the setting
was like as well as gaining more attention to the story.

Pip then meets the convict who is very poor but brutal and violent. We
notice how there is no identity for the convict at the start. Dickens
introduces the convict to make the readers feel shocked.

'Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat.'

This quote indicates to the readers that the convict is being verbal
to Pip as well as making them feel terrified.

Dickens also shows the convicts status by talking about what he is
wearing. We notice how the author uses particular colours about the
convict. He uses a variety of adjectives which shows the convict's
poor status and that he is not a gentleman.

'A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg'.

' A man who had been...

Find Another Essay On Vivid Images of Character and Place in the Opening Chapter To Dickens' Great Expectations

How does Dickens Engage the Reader in the Opening Five Chapters of Great Expectations?

2197 words - 9 pages Charles Dickens was and still is a very popular and influential author. He was born almost 200 years ago and his stories were often based on the lives of the unfortunate in the 19th century in Britain. He created a great variety of characters and settings to produce work that is still adored today. But why was his work, I am especially focussing on Great Expectations, so engaging and how did the opening five chapters of Great Expectations

"Great Expectations" By Charles Dickins: The ways in which Dickens creates effective images of people and places

1735 words - 7 pages IntroductionIn this essay I will explore the ways in which Dickens creates effective images of people and places in chapter 1 and 8. Great expectations is a novel about an orphaned boy named Phillip Pirrip (Pip) who is being raised by his sister and her husband who's a blacksmith. One christmas eve he encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard who scares him into stealing food for him and a file to grind away his leg shackle. Pips

The Presentation of Miss Havisham in Chapter 8 and in Chapter 49 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

1279 words - 5 pages The Presentation of Miss Havisham in Chapter 8 and in Chapter 49 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens In chapter 8 of 'Great Expectations', the author, Charles Dickens, initially presents Miss Havisham through Pip's eyes as an eccentric old lady "her hair was white", who lives in seclusion with her adopted daughter, Estella. She lives vicariously through Estella, all her inner thoughts and feelings are brought to life

Chapter One of Dickens' Great Expectations

3073 words - 12 pages Chapter One of Dickens' Great Expectations The title of the novel that I studied is, 'Great Expectations', written in the 19th century by Charles Dickens. Pip, an orphan often goes to the cemetery to mourn for his dead parents and brothers. While mourning one day, a convict hiding in that same cemetery scares him. All that he thinks of is to listen and obey the man. As the story evolves, we are also introduced to the

Character analysis of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"

1456 words - 6 pages winter, cool in the summer, and it was always the right size.Quiltie was the only blanket I used for years, and bit by bit, it began to fall apart. Seams tore and fabric faded, and love eventually led to Quiltie’s demise. I had just about outgrown Quiltie in the beginning of eighth grade, so my grandma promised to sew me a new one. Finally, my mom convinced me to throw Quiltie away, and not long after that, the new quilt arrived in the mail

The Significance of Chapter 1 in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

3826 words - 15 pages The Significance of Chapter 1 in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Great Expectations is a riveting book set in Victorian London and published in 1861. The novel is set in historical context and illustrates ideas of implication such as how the really interesting people could often be found in the lower classes, in the time of social division and where the shift from agriculture to industrial processes was

Symbols, images, and places of great expectations

807 words - 3 pages Study Guide for EnglishFinals Spring 2004Great Expectations - Symbols, Images, PlacesNote: Symbols, images, and places all tie in together - they all symbolize something in a different way. For specifics, they are labeled S, I, and P. Sorry for the mess - just wrote it as it came.1. Statis House (SP) - Pip's romantic view of the upper class. A mansion in which every thing that inhibits it seems unnatural. The name itself means "enough" (see page

Pip’s Character Change in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

1845 words - 7 pages Pip’s Character Change in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens is a compelling story rich in friendship, love and fortune. The main character, Pip, is a dynamic character that undergoes many changes through the course of the book and throughout this analysis, the character Pip, will be identified and his gradual change through the story will be quoted and explained. The main

Dickens' Techniques of Characterisation in Great Expectations

1743 words - 7 pages ' interaction with others, the choice of the characters name and their surroundings. The character who develops the most throughout the novel is Pip. In the introduction, we are presented with Pip's depressing origins. He is an orphan having never met his parents who allows the reader to feel sympathetic towards him and understand why Pip might want great expectations. Pip had never seen anything to do with his parents

Dickens' Use of Settings in Great Expectations

3185 words - 13 pages portrayed London, a place where money is the key to success, as corrupt and full of greed. London is a way for Dickens to show the problems that money causes and the crime, and consequently punishment, that exists because of it. The key themes in Great Expectations are illustrated in London. The third and final setting is Walworth where Wemmick (Jaggers' clerk) lives. It is a place described by Pip as having 'black lanes

The Theme of, "Love," in, Dickens', "Great Expectations."

771 words - 3 pages In the Novel Great Expectations, Charles Dickens inserts a theme of love into the novel. Not always intimate love, and some times the complete lack of love, is used. Joe, Mrs. Havisham, and Magwitch are all themselves capable of different types of love. Dickens examines three kinds of love as seen in Joe, Miss Havisham, and Magwitch. First, love as seen with Joe. The home Pip grows up in, under the domineering hand of Mrs. Joe

Similar Essays

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

1001 words - 4 pages 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

Effectiveness Of The Opening Chapter To Great Expectations

1095 words - 4 pages Charles Dickens ?Great Expectations? was written during the 19th century, published in weekly installments in a magazine. The novel is based around Pip, the opportunities he is presented with and the difficulties he has to face. In the first chapter we are introduced to Pip, and Magwitch, an escaped convict. The theme of crime and punishment immediately draws us in. Dickens uses a number of techniques to ensure the readers continuing interest

Tension In The Opening Chapter Of Great Expectations

1643 words - 7 pages happen because the following day, Pip brings food for the convict. And so it can be seen, that Charles Dickens’ world applauding novel of Great Expectations clearly shows that spontaneously, the opening chapter is ready to buckle the reader’s eyes to the chapter, and keep them glued to the novel, taking them till the very end. The amazing techniques he manages to bombard into only eight pages, is charming and bewildering. The use of basic vocabulary

How Effective Is The Opening Chapter In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations?

1536 words - 6 pages may want he reader to continue through the novel to see if they discover why he was jailed.      Magwitch’s feebleness is again revealed at the end of the passage. He walks away and “hugged his shivering body”. This may mean that Magwitch is searching for comfort. Maybe he misses a mother figure and has grown up alone and friendless. Overall the mood in the opening chapter of Great Expectations is sombre. The fact that