Great Expectations was written by Charles Dickens in 1860-1861 it was about a young boy named ‘Pip’ showing his history growing into maturity. This is reported to be among the best opening novels of all time and Dickens cunningly uses ways to keep the audience interested as the story ‘Great Goals’ was published in a publication called ‘All Calendar year Round’.
I will be analysing the effectiveness of the opening section in the storyplot of Great Objectives. It had been written in 1860-61 in a weekly newspaper called ‘All Calendar year Round’. Therefore Dickens needed a powerful and memorable opening section for his visitors to be engaged in the story right from the start.
The start of Great Expectations has immediacy as it introduces the type the (protagonist) ‘Pip’. Starting with ‘family’ shows a great sense of individuality which has a purposeful interpretation. Furthermore we feel sympathy right from the beginning, it is because Pip discusses the loss of his parents on the ‘expert of his tombstones’ this implies that Pip even while a young boy knows about his family’s gravestones. This is made possible for Pip as he has a visible language and he’s always making judgements, ‘Regarding what these were like’.
The viewers will know that they will get Rags to Riches account. It is because by reading the opening line straight away, the readers will know that the storyplot is written in 1st person. Also this tale demonstrates a situation when a person in this case Pip growing from poverty to riches. Therefore we are drawn in to the text, which will participate us more with the character and possess an empathetic understanding with Pip. Charles Dickens published some of his storyline in Rags to Riches style, it is most likely because it happened to him in reality and young men back in days past would have big ambitions and first of all do that they might have start from growing in poor households.
The story is informed by a man called ‘Pip’ as he develops into maturity. Pip instructs us that he has improved his name from ‘Phillip Pirrip’ which he says is my ‘Religious name’ to ‘Pip’. This shows that in Victorian England most people could have a Religious name as their forenames. By him showing us this, the readers could be more employed with Pip revealing the story himself as well as him having a sense of personal personality. Dickens also cleverly makes us think of just how that ‘Pip’ so this means a seed and the son growing up being nurtured and looked after, as being a seed would.
The first few words which can be spoken in the story by the people were ‘awful speech’ shouting ‘hold your noises!’ The ‘convict’ behaves unpredictably towards Pip, “he seized me by the chin”. Perhaps he works this way to be able to frighten Pip and have the superior hand over him. We are able to straight away understand who has the most electricity and who’s powerless. In the first read we see that Pip is powerless because he’s being commanded and overpowered by the ‘convict’ who we think has the most power against Pip, it is because he asks Pip to bring him ‘documents and wittles’. It’s very rare an escaped convict would go up to a youngster in a ‘graveyard’ which is where this starting chapter takes place, and asks him for those materials. Immediately questions are lifted in our intellects, especially why he’d need ‘files’. However considering twice about it Pip comes with an personality and has a home, with grownups to look after him. They can also article the convict to them or the authorities. Dickens first portrayal of the convict is unsympathetic and therefore we feel you want to be from the convict especially when he threatens to tear his ‘heart and liver organ’ as a consequence. However down the road he changes to be more sympathetic.
Dickens’ explanation of the convict, uses very sympathetic words, such as “stung by briars” and “torn by nettles”, this builds up some suspense as it gives the reader a fearful impression of the convict. This also suggests that nature has done bad and these terrible things to him. This evidently demonstrates that he’s brought down powerless. I feel that Dickens has become successful, because he can show us how aspect can do unpleasant things to us in this occasion being the convict. In my opinion Personally i think that we am becoming more sympathetic to Magwitch as the storyline goes on due to way he returned favours to Pip.
The audience unhesitatingly recognizes that Magwitch, (the convict’s name), is one of the numerous antagonists throughout the book. We know this as a result of convict’s aggressive behavior throughout the beginning section, “turned me upside down and emptied my pockets”. However, we then get the theory that he’s not as formidable as he shows up. It is because Magwitch warns Pip about the results of not delivering him the required materials and says ‘you go from my words’. Within this quote he’s declaring that Pip can make his own decision whether to bring him the materials or not but there will always be a result as he was scaring Pip by talking about ‘The man’ who’s covered within. In this case I feel that Dickens has been successful portraying Magwitch as the main one with the greater knowledge and being superior by threatening Pip. Because of this Pip becomes worried as he quite young and will as he’s told.
This would make Magwitch more vulnerable this could signify an extended jail phrase, being hanged many of these were punishments in Victorian Britain if he was to get caught. Overall Magwitch does not have any power as he is isolated. He also calls for bread from Pip, breads was symbolically relevant since it is an each day use which a young son has and which the convict doesn’t. It is therefore another reason behind us to think that he is powerless.
Magwitch discusses the mysterious personality which he identifies as the ‘young man’. Magwitch says this beforehand to Pip as a consequence if he doesn’t get him the ‘data files and wittles’. He points out how that ‘young man will softly creep and creep’ to get to Pip’s ‘heart and soul and liver organ’ and ‘tear it open’. This is like speaking a word of alert towards Pip is to get the materials commanded by Magwitch if he doesn’t do so the ‘young man’ can do bad things to Pip. We suppose that he is a constructed personality whom Magwitch talks about to scare Pip to be able to make sure that he will bring the ‘data and wittles’. Alternatively this ‘man’ may be the other man on the marshes, who we later find out his name being Compeyson. Now Magwitch and Compeyson are convicted of scams and have both escaped and both of them being on the marshes around once is highly suspicious. That is why I assume that both convicted men are planning something jointly and are burning each other to allow them to release the ‘iron’ on the leg, which shows that they have ‘escaped’ from prison.
The two goods that Magwitch frantically needs will be the documents and wittles it is because:
As an escaped prisoner he has ‘a great flat iron on his lower leg’ this implies that because he has escaped jail he would still have the prisoner chains and in order to have them off he requires a record. Magwitch has asked this specifically to Pip as he finds out that his Sister’s man is a blacksmith and therefore why to have the ‘data files’. In my own opinion I believe it’s not only to escape it is also because he wants to take action later on, maybe change his life around when he manages to find the iron from his knee off.
‘Wittles’ is most commonly known as food. Magwitch chooses to use the term ‘Wittles’ rather than food because, this storyline took place in the past and that was the term which was most commonly used back then. Another reason behind this chosen word could be because of how long he has put in behind bars. Because of how much time he put in behind bars his education might have been cut-short or just how he spoke British wasn’t modern at that time.
I believe Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ has very effective opening chapter because it is one of the most recognisable in the English world of books. Dickens clearly portrays the utilization of advanced language that crops a comprehensible information of the setting and the character profiles. He uses the key styles effectively to each character types and their setting around them (pathetic fallacy). His novels are a pleasure to read and he a succeeded a lot in this one exactly like all his other books.