The Importance of the ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870. He lived in theVictorian era and was the most famous British novelist of the time,writing thirteen novels including ‘Oliver Twist,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’and many more. All of Dickens’ books were serialised, beforepublishing the novel as a whole. This meant that his books were fullof many characters and plot twists in order to keep the readerinterested. He often wrote about crime and punishment, childhood andsocial status. ‘Great Expectations’ is about a young boy calledPhillip Pirrip, known as Pip. Pip is an orphan living with his cruelsister and her husband, Joe. Pip meets an escaped convict AbelMagwitch. Pip also later on meets two other important characters,Estella and Miss Havisham. We follow Pip through his life until hebecomes a gentleman.
In chapter one, Pip is at the churchyard visiting his parents’ andfive brothers’ graves, so Pip is an orphan, living with his sister andher husband Joe. While visiting his parents’ graves an escaped convictgrabs onto Pip, and he tells Pip to get some food and tools. “Or I’llhave your heart and liver out.” Pip ran home to get Magwitch food andtools.
Chapter one is set in the churchyard, which was surrounded bymarshland. The novelist uses language and imagery to create a “darkflat wilderness,” view. Dickens’ also creates a sad bleak atmosphereof a “raw afternoon.” Where the “wind was rushing.” After the meetingwith, Magwitch, the author describes this setting again this time the“sky was just a row of long angry red lines.” By using the colours redand black Dickens is suggesting danger and death. So the meeting withMagwitch is dangerous for Pip and, it creates a sense of mystery.
In chapter one Magwitch is described as being “Fearful man,” but tothe reader you can actually see that Magwitch is suffering and youshould pity him. His “teeth chattered and he is “smothered in mud.