There is a statement that a novel is successful only if it makes readers cry, laugh, or wait. The good news is that Charles Dickens does that in the opening 5 chapters of his Great Expectations. The beginning of this story is quite successful due to the introduction of quite different characters. What should you know about them? For example, Joe Gargery is the brother in law of Pip, and he is a kind and good man who is quite strong with a few weaknesses.
The opening of this story is successful also because it creates an incredible depth of sympathy for Pip that is hard to recreate. You can read about the bad tempter and cruel behavior of his sister who is praised for bringing him up by hand. Besides, the apron that Joe Gardery wears is the symbol of the lack of a good and caring upbringing, but Pip doesn’t see any reason to do that because it only brings a lot of discomfort, especially during family dinners.
Pay attention to the bread because his mother often puts needles and pins into it so that it serves as a symbol of the rough upbringing of Pip. It’s obvious that readers’ sympathy lies with him and no other characters. You won’t read about a bad-tempered wife, the strain of living, or 1-dimensional husband because Great Expectations is broadly biased in Pip’s favor, and this means that it evokes many emotions in readers. Evoking different emotions in people is a good sign that makes any novel more successful than leaving them uninvolved and dispassionate.
Besides, it’s not an over exaggeration to say that this novel is focused on Pip’s hardships, but not the ones of other characters. When reading it, you will feel a sense of injustice of his behalf because he even feels guilty for raiding the pantry of Gargery. Great Expectations start with the introduction that opens this novel with a typical approach of Dickens, and it’s all about social issues and poverty crimes.
The time when Pip and the convict meet, they develop a certain level of communication because Pip brings him a file. There is the other time when they both felt a friendship in this story, while all soldiers show no sympathy to the convict because it’s just a system. In conclusion, when reading the first chapters of Great Expectations, you should take into account that the author wrote an interesting and talented book about a friendship between two completely different individuals whose lives and stories are inter-connected in it.
There is a statement that a novel is successful only if it makes readers cry, laugh, or wait. The good news is that Charles Dickens does that in the opening 5 chapters of his Great Expectations. The beginning of this story is quite successful due to the introduction of quite different characters.