Great Expectations Essay

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Compare chapter one and thirty-nine of Great Expectations Great Expectations, an incredible novel written in 1860 by an inimitable writer Charles Dickens, who clearly demonstrates the pivotal themes; life in London, poverty and crime, love and hardship. Dickens illustrates some of his personal life; day to day issues in this phenomenal novel. The male protagonist, Pip seems to endure similar hardships as Dickens endured when his father was imprisoned. At the age of 12 Dickens was forced to work until his destiny had reached its great expectations. Grippingly as we read chapters one and thirty-nine we instinctively make comparisons when Pip first meets the convict to when he meets him for the second time. Firstly, the different circumstances alert the reader. In chapter one, Pip has come to visit his beloved parents in the misty graveyard. Magwitch appears as a forceful “old man” who continues to insult and threaten Pip, “hold still or I’ll cut your throat” he is an escaped convict and is eager to find freedom. On the other hand in chapter thirty-nine Magwitch, who is now free, has come to visit Pip on a friendly basis. In paragraph one; Pip is portrayed as a poor orphan who is visiting the graves of his dead family whereas in paragraph thirty-nine, Pip has become an educated gentleman. He has become wealthy thanks to a mysterious benefactor whom we know to be Magwitch -‘his’ convict. This creates dramatic irony as Pip doesn’t know its Magwitch and is very inhospitable towards him. Magwitch then uses this moment to remind Pip of how he came to be a gentleman, remind him of his roots and remind him of their last meeting. Alternatively, Magwitch has also changed. We know this because in chapter one Magwitch threatens pip “keep still you little devil or I’ll cut your throat.” Also then he is an escaped convict desperate for food and to be freed of his leg irons,

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