Essay about Great Expectations and Point-of- View Dickens

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Chapter 1
1. How does Dickens use setting to convey the mood right at the opening?
He uses words like marshy country called the medway. River missed with seawater,Wet lots of trees,Graveyard, all are dark and strong words.
2. What does Dickens' description of the first convict tell us about him? That he is scared and is a convict.
3. What is surprising about the narrative point-of- view Dickens has adopted? He says it not like how it happend but how it was in is mind.
4. How does Dickens contrast the convict and Pip?
Pip is little, shy and doesn't think clearly. The convict is hesitant and worried.
5. But in what ways are these two characters similar?
They both are in a bad position in life.
6. What objects does the convict want
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2. Note that Pip describes his alphabet as “a bramble bush" and his fingers as “thieves"; how do these references contribute to the book's imagery?
3. Explain: “steam was yet in its infancy" (most British cities were connected by railways in 1860).
4. What is implied about England's government when Dickens has Joe tell Pip that Mrs. Joe, being given to government, does not want him to be able to read and write?
Chapter 8
1. Note the connection between the vegetation and the prison imagery in the descriptions of both Pumblechook's shop and Miss Havisham's house; how is Pip's very name involved in this imagery?
2. Note the description of Satis (Latin, meaning "enough' or plenty" as in satisfaction) House: “old brick, and dismal and had a great many bars to it." What other type of building does the derelict mansion seem to resemble?
3. Miss Havisham behaves like an aristocrat; by ________, however, her father made his fortune, which passed to her.
4. What does Miss Havisham's appearance remind Pip of? How is this analogy apt? 5. What about Pip does Estella criticize?
6. What does his reaction to her criticism tell us about Pip?
Chapter 9
1. Why does Pip “embroider" his account of his visit to Satis House?
2. Why do Pumblechook and Mrs. Joe believe this far-fetched account?
3. Note the admonition to the reader at the very end of the chapter; how does this passage further connect the story's vegetation and the prison imagery?
Chapter 10