Essay on Pip's Relationship with Magwitch in Great Expectations

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How does Dickens use Pips relationship with Magwitch to interest the reader? --------------------------------------------------------------------

The novel called ‘Great Expectations’ written by Charles Dickens, uses a very unique relationship between two characters to form the main
‘stem’ of the book.

Pip’s relationship with Abel Magwitch is extremely interesting because it is so significant. It is at the heart of the book mainly for the reason that it is the closest and deepest relationship between any two characters in the whole novel. This forms a relevance to the title of
‘Great Expectations.’

After meeting with Pip for the first time, Magwitch begins to desire many expectations for Pip. Pip receives money from an
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There are 59 chapters which were published in 3 parts. Chapter 19 ends Part 1, when
Pip goes to London to become a gentleman; Chapter 39 ends Part 2 when
Magwitch suddenly reappears. The structure highlights the relationship as each part ends when a new turn in Pip’s life occurs.

Dickens makes Pips childhood relationship with Magwitch interesting for the reader because we can imagine it through Pip’s eyes. By using this style of writing, Dickens increase’s the emotional effects so we can identify and empathise with Pip. He also creates multiple suspense at the beginning of the novel, because the reader (and Pip) does not know whether Magwitch will get recaptured or whether he will find the other convict.

When Pip first meets the convict in chapter 1, his dominant emotion is terror; “I pleaded in terror.” This is because Pip had been rudely shouted at and threatened by a man, when he believed that there was no one there.

As well as being afraid we can tell that Pip is very imaginative, because of the descriptions he gives in the text. He makes a link between the convict and a pirate in a simile; “as if he were the pirate come to life.” This thought frightens Pip as he goes home and causes him to imagine the cattle agreeing with him as well.

The settings on the marshes make it more interesting for the reader because there is a damp, gloomy and strong background. The text shows that it is a miserable and potentially frightening place,
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