How Is Character and Setting Portrayed in Chapter 1 of ‘Great Expectations’.

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How is character and setting portrayed in chapter 1 of ‘Great Expectations’. The very successful novel “great Expectations” was written during the Victorian ere by Charles Dickens. It was serialized, therefore was written in installments with great deal of cliff hangers and suspense, this was done deliberately by Dickens to make the reader want to continue reading the next episode. Dickens uses a huge amount of description to introduce Pip, a vulnerable little boy with such a naive little heart. Dickens introduces us immediately to Pip, who serves as both the young hero of Great Expectations and the story's narrator looking back on his own story as an adult. With this two-level approach, Dickens leads the reader through young Pip's life with the immediacy and surprise of a first person narration while at the same time guiding with an omnipotent narrator who knows how it will all turn out. The adult narrator Pip will foreshadow future events throughout the story by using signs and symbols. ‘The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair.’ This gives me an idea of how naive pip actually is. Having never met his parents, the only interpretation of his father is from the shape of the letters on his tomb stone, sad really. ‘My first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones’ this is pip talking as an older person, he is stating how foolish he was. The fact that pip sat that it ‘gave me an odd idea’ suggests to me that in the back of his mind he knew he wasn’t quite right, but I suppose that knowing his parents were dead from such a young age could have great impact on his personality and his morals. This is because he had no substantial mother father figure to teach him wrong from right. Paragraph two in chapter one starts explaining where
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