Compare the The Darkness Out There by Penelope Lively and chaptereight of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
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The texts I have studied, going to discuss and compare are ‘TheDarkness Out There’ by Penelope Lively and ‘Great Expectations’ byCharles Dickens. These texts were written in different periods oftime, therefore they have differences in their outlook on life. Fore.g. Great Expectations was written in the pre-20th century andincludes major variations about his way of life, however The DarknessOut There was written in the 1970’s and contains a younger more up todate example of text.
‘The Darkness Out There’ is a story of two teenage children who helpout the elderly; their names are Kerry (the boy) and Sandra (thegirl). These two children are about to discover during their visit howlooks and stereotypical behaviour can be deceiving, towards the end ofthis story Sandra starts to realize how blind she has been up to nowin her life and feels a possible need for a change of character.
Chapter Eight of ‘Great Expectations’ is part of a tale of Pip’sjourney in life, at this point in the story he is going to meet Mrs.Havisham. She is a wealthy old woman who helps and takes on children,turning them into fine gentlemen and ladies, this visit to the oldwoman turns out to have a deeper incentive than it might seem. Mrs.Havisham seems to have sinister motives and strange fantasies of howshe wants to define Estella. Different characters and settings makethis an entrancing story. k work info
In both of the texts the children visit an elderly lady, in ‘TheDarkness Out There’ Kerry and Sandra are helpers for the local oldpeople neighborhood service. On this day they both go to help an oldMrs. Rutter with her chores, however they do not bargain on what theyare about to hear. In ‘Great Expectations’ Pip is going on a visit toMrs. Havisham’s manor house, unlike the other text his visit is abouthis future and how he will be brought up.
Even though the children are going to visit the old women, thecharacters in the story are all afraid of different things. In ‘TheDarkness Out There’ Sandra is afraid of the woods known as Packer’sEnd, she is scared of it because of the secrets and stories itcontains for example in the text, it says that ‘She wouldn’t go inthere for a thousand pounds’ and ‘You didn’t know who was around in