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Sypmathy for Both Pip and the Convict at the Opening Chapter of Great Expectations

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Great Expectations How does dickens enable the reader to sympathise with pip and the convict in the opening chapter of good expectations? On Christmas Eve, Phillip Pirrip nicknamed Pip, an orphan boy raised by his sister Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband encounters a frightening man in the gloomy village churchyard overgrown with nettles. The man, a man who'd escaped from a prison ship, scares Pip into stealing him some food and a file to grind his leg shackle. Pip's kindness warms the convict's heart. The convict, however, waits many years to truly show his gratitude. The novel is composed from the first person perspective and the story is unravelled from Pip’s point of view, who is also the protagonist of this narrative. However the only drawback from this is that we don’t see that the views of any other figures but only Pips, making the book biased. Dickens presents Pip’s family history through Pip’s description of the tombstones. He does so by creating Pip read out the names of deceased family members from the tombstones. Both of Pip’s parents were dead and most his siblings had died as babies, making the reader sympathise for Pip. Life from the 19th century as a orphan boy looked horrible in Great Expectations. The cause of this is that , how Pip was treated by his sister was harsh and cruel and his sister believed that Pip was a “Burden” upon her. Pip received barely any empathy from his sister which was actually his only blood relative, so this was pretty sad making the picture of an orphan boy’s existence, dreary and miserable. The vocabulary Dickens uses in Great Expectations creates the air cold, mysterious and frightening. ВЂњI found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churc...

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