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

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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
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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 soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints.'

These quotes show clearly to the readers that Dickens makes the convict well suited to being cruel and spiteful to Pip and also shows that the convict is poor.

Throughout the first chapter we have noticed how nature has been against Pip and how he is
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