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The Placing in Great Expectations The preferences of Great Expectations have a significant bearing on the narrative; the settings also echo the characters in character and circumstance. The theme of the book appears to run parallel with the settings in some respects, such as the plain but healthy lifestyle of Rochester and the beckoning but ultimately shallow habitat of London. Through the book comparisons and relationships involving setting and story are created, many subtle and not clear unless reflected . The setting from the beginning of the publication is essential, from the gloomy and stereotypical graveyard that give the publication a beginning tense and exiting mood, along with the humble blacksmiths that acts as a platform for Pip's expectations and the opposite setting to much of this scenery in London. The graveyard at the onset of the book is typical example of how the setting contributes so well to the narrative and the atmosphere, this is just one of the obvious examples. Beginning the book in a graveyard quickly informs the reader of a lot of information about Pips history that under different circumstances could have taken much more time to explain; things like Pips parents and family were fast and briefly explained to the viewers through the gravestones and Magwitches asking "Where is your mom?" And Pip's reply being "There's" as he points to his Mother, Father and five sibling's gravestones. Throughout the book the settings represent Pips moods and hopes; such places as the blacksmiths and Satis house affect Pip's state of thought profoundly. Pip's experiences of suffering and torture, both mental and physical...