Analysis of the Use of Setting in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Analysis of the Use of Setting in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The novel, Great Expectations, starts on the dull lonely marshes of Pip’s home village. Pip has a lack of identity in this book because it says, ‘My Father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both the names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip'. This shows us that his lack of identity is down to the fact he has not got a proper first name because he could not say it and that because of that he says he has not got a real identity.

The marshes reflect Pip’s identity and emotions because they include a graveyard where
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this great way to describe a potentially very evil man reflects the marshes as they are dark and obviously scary and this is exactly what Magwitch is.

Later on in the novel, Pip gets invited to Satis House, Ms Havisham’s humble abode. I say this as its not really humble or an abode. It is rather old and decrepit just like the owner. The house is described as, ‘all dark passages, and still was all dark and only the candle lighted us'. This creates the impression that the owner is probably very old and hasn’t seen the light of day and doesn’t particularly want to. The woman inside, Ms Havisham is shown as, ‘her head leaning on one hand, sat the strangest lady I have ever seen, or shall ever see'. This givers the impression he is amazed that anyone could be so old and look like a statue. This is a great person to put in the house as she has frozen in time because when she was going to get married the man to whom she was a bride let her down. She has frozen the time she lives in and the house at the exact time when her husband left and she is waiting to die in what she’s in now.

This house and, mostly, Estella had a huge impact on Pip wanting to become a gentleman because Estella says, ‘a common labouring boy’. Pip is in love with Estella and he’d do anything to be with her. By what she says here he is motivated to become a gentleman to impress her and hopefully get
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